Player comparisons are always, always, always a bad idea. They aren’t fair to the player, they carry all kinds of implications that don’t make sense, and ultimately they are just lazy analysis. But they are also just so fun and impossible to avoid.
So it makes sense then when Bleacher Report asked scouts for opinions on Jayson Tatum, they came up with a bunch of player comparisons for him.
Scout No. 3: "A taller Paul Pierce."
Scout No. 6: "Tatum feels like a better talent to me [than Harrison Barnes]. But definitely in the Melo, Tobias Harris, Jabari Parker, Barnes mold."
Scout No. 1: "His game is definitely a bit old school. Some of his one-legged step-back fadeaways are Nowitzki-ish."
Scout No. 3: "I like three different comparisons: Rudy Gay, Danny Granger, Gordon Hayward."
Scout No. 7: talked about Tatum having to replicate DeMar DeRozan's precision based on his current shot selection.
Check out the link for additional thoughts on his game, his shot selection, and how it might translate at the next level.
Regardless, I’m just hoping he’s the best Jayson Tatum he can be (and it would be nice if he ends up being one of the best in his class).