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They were older in years lived, but Bird and McHale were first and second year players respectively when the Celts won the title in ‘81.
Tatum could very well be our Long-Lost Tim Duncan pick.Brown? Definitely reminds me of a Reggie Lewis-type player. Long, rangy defender and can score.I think the Basketball Gods are smiling on us finally.
For what it's worth, here's a list of rookies in the 3 point era who have averaged 15 points per game or more in the playoffs for a team that plays at least 14 games:Jayson TatumMagic JohnsonThe list of 2nd year guys in the 3 point era to do it:Dwyane WadeHakeemDuncanA. ToneyReggie KingXavier McDanielPennyDeron Roy TarpleyJaylen BrownJames WorthyByron ScottKenyon MartinGlen Davis (Big Baby!)
Russell & Heinsohn played vital roles on the '57 title team as rookies.