It looks like Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum has made his decision regarding his participation for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Tatum has commit to join the national team in its bid for Olympic glory this July. This move comes after Boston’s disappointing playoffs exit in the first round at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets.
Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum has committed to playing for USA Basketball at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, league sources tell @YahooSports. https://t.co/Z2md4bqd8z
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 15, 2021
With this decision, the Celtics forward is joining Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, who also committed for Team USA earlier Tuesday.
Tatum’s addition is certainly a huge boost, as the USA national team gets a young and dynamic scorer to pair up with Lillard. The 23-year-old has career averages of 19.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists. However, it is worth noting that he is coming off the best season of his career statistically in which he put up career-high numbers of 26.4 points, 7.4 boards and 4.3 assists.
The Duke product has improved every year since being taken third overall by the Celtics in 2017. He has been a two-time All-Star already and established himself as one of the future faces of the NBA.
Training camp for Team USA is set to begin July 6, so it won’t be long before other NBA players make a decision whether to join or not. Some of the big names to watch out for are Stephen Curry and LeBron James, with Steph said to be still 50/50 on if he will participate or just use the time off to rest.
Tatum’s presence, nonetheless, is an encouraging sign and should be able to attract other American NBA stars to join Team USA.