Paul Pierce on Jayson Tatum Comparisons: ‘He’s a Superstar in the Making’

BOSTON, MA - MAY 15:  Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics gestures after making a basket in the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce paid rookie Jayson Tatum some major compliments Thursday.

When asked about how Tatum compares to him when he was a young player, Pierce suggested to Chad Finn of Boston.com that the former Duke standout is ahead of him in some areas:

“When I came out, I was a 21-year-old. 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.”

Tatum is among the finalists for the Rookie of the Year award after averaging 13.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game while shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 43.4 percent from three.

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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May 17, 2018 at 07:23AM

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