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It would be understandable if an ex-Celtic with his number already in the rafters and basketball immortality in Springfield in his future would blanch at a 20-year-old kid being compared to him. But Pierce appreciates Tatum’s game as much as anyone, and sees the similarities in the comparisons others have made.“I see a lot of things Jayson does, how he creates space, gets to the hole deceptively, the way he knocks down shots — he’s a real shotmaker, he can get his shot off on anybody,’’ said Pierce. “He’s smart. He uses his body well, the way he pushes off with his shoulder to get an open shot. He has a lot of craftiness to his game, and that probably reminds I lot of people of me.“I see it, I definitely do. I wasn’t the most athletic guy. Tatum is a lot more athletic than I was. He can use either hand. Once he gets a little stronger in the near future, look out. I mean, he’s obviously smart beyond his years.“When I came out, I was a 21-year-old,’’ Pierce continued. “He was 19 for most of this season. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but a year and a half, two years, that’s a lot of developmental time. I had three years of college [at Kansas] to develop. He had one year [at Duke], and he’s already doing this. He’s a superstar in the making. You can compare a kid like that to me anytime you want.’’
“Jaylen can be your prototype swingman, a guy who can defend, shoot 3s, everything you need. He sort of reminds me of Kawhi Leonard, man. Like, seriously. Strong, very athletic in the open court, an improving handle, and now he’s knocking down 3s with confidence. He is way ahead of the curve.’’
Love how Paul stands up for the Celtics on ESPN, before it is popular. Now everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon.Also seem surprised by Paul's humbleness in the Tatum comparison, essentially saying Tatum is playing better than him at that age, and that he is more athletic, etc. Pierce sometimes lacked self-awareness as a player before the big 3 days. Seems like he's really matured, his ego is in check.
Imagine these comps pan out? Imagine we have a cerebral Kawhi Leonard, and a slightly longer, more athletic Paul Pierce (passing is obviously behind at the moment) for the next 10 years? Oh boy.
At times Tatum reminds me of Jamal Crawford.
Quote from: dysgenic on May 17, 2018, 11:33:41 AMAt times Tatum reminds me of Jamal Crawford. I really don't see it.They both have pretty long arms, but that's about it.
Tatum actually reminds me a little bit of Durant at times with his combination of length and grace. Durant, of course, is several inches taller.