Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum was named the No. 2 young player to build around in HoopsHype‘s poll of 17 league executives for the second consecutive season. Tatum got 35.9% of all possible points on the ballot, the second-most of any player listed. The Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic took the top spot for the second straight season, earning the No. 1 spot on all but one ballot.
Tatum earned 64% of possible points in last year’s poll but slipped in support a bit with his slide in production. He shares the top-5 with four point guards in Doncic, Ja Morant, LaMelo Ball and Trae Young. Both Ball and Young jumped into the top-5 despite not being ranked at all last season.
While Tatum’s rebounding has improved, his shooting efficiency and scoring have taken a hit this year compared to his stellar 2020-21 campaign. Both his field goal percentage and three-point shooting percentage are down by over 25 points this year. Despite the slight decline in production, he is still leading the team in scoring at age 23.