While the Celtics’ season may be over, Boston fans have another opportunity to support fan-favorite Jayson Tatum this off-season. Yahoo Sports’ Senior NBA Insider reported that Tatum has committed to play for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics, which begins next month.
The selection is not yet set, but the forward should be able to secure a spot on the 12-man roster after a career-high year, averaging 26.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. JT is also a two-time All-Star and was a close contender in this season’s All-NBA team.
Tatum has experience wearing the three letters across his chest as a player on the USA team’s roster for the 2013-2015 FIBA Championships, where he won three gold medals. He was also selected for the 2019 FIBA World Cup team and placed seventh amongst 32 teams.
Joining Tatum in his decision are the Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard and Golden State’s Draymond Green, all three of whom were part of Team USA’s 57 finalists announced back in March. Despite some of the finalists opting out of the Summer Games like Lakers’ stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the trio is ready to represent their country, with Green looking to add a second gold medal since the team’s win in 2016.
Team USA is being led by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich who is hoping to bring home a fourth straight gold medal for the men’s basketball team (2008, 2012, 2016).
JT sticks out amongst other finalists to Popovich after scoring his career-high 60 points against the Spurs this past season in the third-biggest comeback in NBA history.
Team USA’s final roster is set to be announced at the end of June with training beginning on July 6. In the meantime, Boston fans can expect to see Tatum temporarily switch out his green threads for red, white, and blue.