On June 22 2017, the Boston Celtics selected Jayson Tatum, a 19-year-old forward from Duke University, with the overall no.3 pick in the NBA Draft.
Just five years later, Tatum has established himself as one of the NBA’s great small forwards and the Celtics‘ biggest star.
Tatum‘s impact in Boston is so great that he has recently achieved a record that even the mythical Larry Bird himself could not.
Tatum is the Celtics’ leading scorer in the first half of the season, surpassing 1,200 points
Eugenio Munoz recently reported in MARCA that Tatum broke the barrier of more than 1,200 points scored in the first half of the season, the first player in Celtics history to do so.
John Havlicek scored 1193 in 1971, Larry Bird scored 1105 in 1985 and Paul Pierce scored 1103 in 2002.
Tatum also surpasses Bird in the number of games scoring at least 50 points for the Celtics
Tatum‘s new Boston record saw him surpass Bird as he scored 50 points in a game for the fifth time.
Bird scored at least 50 points in four games with Boston while Tatum has already done it in five.
Tatum, who is still 24, took advantage of Martin Luther King Day to score 51 points with seven three-pointers in Boston’s win over the Charlotte Hornets.
Tatum’s numbers vs. Bird in numbers
Tatum, who is averaging 30.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists this season, has overall stats of 21.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists in his six NBA seasons.
Bird, who played for 13 seasons in the NBA (1979-92), retired with averages of 24.3 points, 10 rebounds and 6.3 assists.
Tatum, however, is still a long way away from Bird’s three NBA championships, three NBA MVP’s and two NBA Finals MVP’s.