Tatum’s archetype is a go-to scorer who can hold his own on the defensive end. He’s 19 years old and still growing. It’s entirely conceivable that he could grow another 1–2 inches; with a full-time strength and conditioning regimen it’s almost inevitable that he’ll add at least 15–25lbs of muscle to his lean frame, especially once he nears his prime. If he gets up to 6′10″ and 225–230lbs, he starts to become physically comparable to someone like Kevin Durant. As a Celtic, a host of fans have been quick to proclaim him the next Paul Pierce, while his isolation ability in college was reminiscent of Carmelo Anthony. Much of this discussion is premature with such a young player, but even after toning down the hype this kind of name-dropping should be a strong indicator that his ceiling is very high.
Tatum is currently averaging 14.1 points per game on just 9.3 attempts per game. As a knockdown shooter already with the ability to put the ball on the floor and score from anywhere, it’s possible to look ahead to a potential future where a veteran Tatum doubles those shot attempts per game as the 2026 Celtics’ #1 offensive option (putting him at 18.6 attempts per game, comparable to the number of attempts taken by primary scorers like Damian Lillard, Victor Oladipo, Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Kevin Durant, etc.) and averages 27–30 points per game.