On his continued rise into stardom this season, Jayson Tatum was recognized Monday by the NBA as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week due to his recent play.
The 21-year-old Tatum, who is in his third NBA season, powered the Celtics to four wins and dazzled by averaging 29.8 points on 50 percent shooting to go along with 7.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.3 blocks per game during the stretch.
Tatum joins Jaylen Brown as being honored as Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the Celtics this season. Brown has won twice, including last week. https://t.co/kUiYvwtQ4j— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) February 10, 2020
Tatum’s production never slipped as he scored at least 25 points in all four games from Feb. 3-9, including netting 30-plus points in back-to-back wins over the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks for the first time in his career. Tatum has currently scored at least 20 points in nine consecutive games.
Tatum has emerged into a potent 3-point shooter as well, connecting on 21-of-39 (53.8 percent) of his attempts from beyond the arc over this four-game stretch. Tatum knocked down a career-high seven trifectas against the Hawks last Friday.
It is the first time in Tatum’s career that he has earned the Eastern Conference Player of the Week distinction and becomes the second Celtic to receive the honor this season, joining Jaylen Brown who has won it twice, including last week.