Jayson Tatum
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Former NBA player Antoine Walker compared Boston Celtics young star Jayson Tatum to the legendary Paul Pierce and Larry Bird.

“What Jayson Tatum is doing on the offensive end, he’s that next Celtic. He’s that next Larry Bird, he’s that next Paul Pierce for the Boston Celtics. Jayson Tatum has arrived,” Walker said during his appearance on the TV show First Things First.

Walker compared Tatum to Bird and Pierce in terms of being the face of the franchise, adding that the versatile forward has undoubtedly arrived as the “next Celtic”.

Through 12 games on February, Tatum averaged 30.7 points on 49.3 percent shooting from the field and 48.1 percent from three.