Birthday boy Jayson Tatum has much to be proud of as he turns 24 on Thursday.
He has the 10th most wins in NBA history by a player before turning 24, has the sixth most points (including playoffs) by a player before turning 24 , is already third in TD Garden history in points and has the second best over/under by a player before his 24th birthday. Not to mention that he is the father of Deuce Tatum.
But one thing Tatum has yet to do on his NBA birthday is win a game. In Tatum’s first four seasons in the league, the Boston Celtics are 0-3 on March 3.
These stats on Tatum’s pre-24th birthday success are remarkable
In each of Tatum’s first two seasons, the Celtics played the Houston Rockets on his birthday. Boston lost Tatum’s 20th birthday in his rookie year, 123-120 at Toyota Center, with Tatum scoring 12 points in 27 minutes. A year later, when Tatum was 21, he again scored 12 points – this time in 35 minutes – as the Celtics lost, 115-104, when James Harden dropped 42 points for the Rockets at TD Garden .
Tatum was inactive on his 22nd birthday in 2020 as the Celtics lost to the Brooklyn Nets, 129-120, as Caris LeVert exploded for 51 points for the visitors at TD Garden.
Boston was inactive on March 3 last season but won in the days surrounding Tatum’s birthday, earning home wins over the Los Angeles Clippers on March 2 and the Toronto Raptors on March 4. Tatum’s Duke Blue Devils were away on his 18th birthday in college in 2017.
Tatum last won on his birthday in his senior year of high school at Chaminade Prep in Missouri, when his Red Devils beat Ritenour in Overland, Missouri, 103-49.
Can Tatum finally enter the winners column on his 24th birthday? He will face the Memphis Grizzlies and superstar Ja Morant, who scored 98 points in his last two games heading into Thursday.