Jayson Tatum hasn’t grown any taller. He is nonetheless 6-8. You may must let Celtics coach Brad Stevens clarify.
“I am fairly certain I mentioned (he is 6-10) in like July in jest, and I used to be simply speaking about it by way of, he is lengthy, he is lively,” Stevens mentioned, according to NBC Sports. “And it determined to have legs in early December, which was an attention-grabbing media research or social media research of its personal, I assume.”
Stevens made his feedback in August, however the level is that he was exaggerating for impact (whether or not giving Tatum an additional two inches made Stevens’ level any completely different is up for debate). Stevens really referred to Tatum as 6-10 once more throughout coaching camp, so possibly he is satisfied himself that is the case.
“Tatum got here within the subsequent day and he was simply laughing,” Stevens mentioned. “And I mentioned, ‘The excellent news is, we will just about begin something. I simply must say it. So, we had a superb snort about it.'”
When the “information” of Tatum’s progress spurt got here out, it began fairly the excitement on social media. One of many NBA’s greatest younger scorers and shooters had added two inches? Look out, league. Besides, effectively, it wasn’t actual.
Sadly for defenses, Tatum will nonetheless be lots robust to cease at 6-8, and happily for Tatum, he did not want a progress spurt to earn a $195-million contract extension.
How tall is Jayson Tatum?
Jayson Tatum is 6-8. He is been listed at 6-8 since his one-and-done season at Duke, and he is nonetheless listed as such on the Celtics’ official web site.
Rumors that Tatum had grown to 6-10 began with Boston’s head coach himself.
In August, Stevens informed MassLive, “A few of these groups which might be ‘small,’ Tatum is 6-10 and (Gordon) Hayward’s an enormous guard, Jaylen (Brown)’s an enormous guard. You type of undergo they usually’re not that small versus possibly conventional lineups.”
Stevens solely clarified lately that he did not really imply Tatum is 6-10, simply that he can really feel that approach with how lanky and lively he’s.
Being 6-8 has suited Tatum simply advantageous. He can shoot his bounce shot over mainly any defender, and he simply scored 23.4 factors per sport in 2019-20. He additionally makes a distinction defensively along with his size in addition to on the glass.
Tatum continues to be solely 22, so possibly he is bought a tiny progress spurt left, however for now he is nonetheless 6-8 and nonetheless just about unguardable.