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Who does Jayson Tatum remind you of?

So many great names from the past come to mind.

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I was thinking about Jayson Tatum’s efficiency the other day, and I couldn’t help but think about Larry Bird. After all, Tatum is currently trending (as a rookie!) to knock on the door of the hallowed 50-40-90 Club of which Larry Bird is a member of.

Still, Tatum doesn’t have Larry Legend’s vision and natural passing instincts. He’s longer though, and uses those long arms to his advantage. Not unlike one of Larry’s teammates by the name of Kevin McHale.

I can definitely see the Paul Pierce comparisons because he has that step-back game and a crafty scoring mentality. Still, I also think I see some Reggie Lewis in his style as well.

The Globe’s Chad Finn discussed this question last month and got some interesting comparisons as well.

The last Celtics rookie I remember fitting in so quickly was Joe Johnson in 2001-02, and Tatum is surpassing his performance. Johnson averaged 6.3 points per game with the Celtics – you thought it was more, didn’t you? – before he was traded to the Suns for Tony Delk and Rodney Rogers after 48 games.

Some of the suggested comps for Tatum on Twitter: Jamaal Wilkes (the smoothness is reminiscent, though Tatum’s shooting form is less distinctive than Silk’s behind-the-ear shot), James Worthy (he was longer and more explosive), Alex English (aesthetically, this one fits really well), Carmelo Anthony (more herky-jerky pure-scorer power in Melo’s game), and Paul Pierce (the stepback and the poise are reminiscent, though the young Truth was more physical).

Ultimately no player comparison is going to be accurate or fair to Jayson. He’s not going to be the next Paul Pierce, he’ll be the first Jayson Tatum and if early returns are any indication that’s going to be pretty great. Also, as Kyrie and Teddy Roosevelt will remind us, “comparison is a thief of joy.”

Still, I think it is fun to find touch points from our memories and use them to associate with what we are seeing in the present. So who does Jayson remind you of?