Skip to main content

Jayson Tatum shares why he wanted to guard Paolo Banchero -"Nobody took it easy on me my first year”

Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum proved that he can do more than score as helped keep Orlando Magic rookie Paolo Banchero in check
Jayson Tatum on guarding Paolo Banchero

Jayson Tatum & Paolo Banchero

Orlando Magic rookie sensation Paolo Banchero got a taste of what it was like to go up against a championship contender when his team faced off against the Boston Celtics on Saturday. The No. 1 pick of the 2022 draft finished with 23 points but had to work hard for his points as Celtics star Jayson Tatum helped keep him in check.

Apparently, Tatum demanded to cover Banchero on defense as the first half drew to a close. At the time, the Magic had their way on offense, and the three-time All-Star explained why he chose to do so.

"That's how you show respect," Tatum said. "I'm not going to let it be easy. I'm going to compete. You've gotta go at somebody regardless of if he's 19 or 30. Nobody took it easy on me my first year."

Becoming a two-way player?

The Celtics leader's work on offense and defense against the Magic on Saturday night helped propel the Celtics to a 126-120 victory. As he said, he did not take it easy on his fellow Duke University product.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Through five years in the Association, Tatum has become known more for his offensive talents. He can score from anywhere on the court and distribute the ball. However, the 6-foot-8 forward also has the physical tools to be adept on the defensive end of the court.

He proved that much during the first round of the 2022 playoffs when he helped contain Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, one of the most offensively gifted players of all time.

Top of the East

Last season, Boston ended on the top of the Eastern Conference and went to the NBA Finals, where it lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games.

Early in this campaign, the Celtics are proving they are still the team to beat in the East. They currently sport a conference-best 3-0 record, thanks partly to Tatum's string of strong performances. Currently, Tatum is averaging 34.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per contest.

Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan and guard Ron Harper

"I'd have one or two of your six rings" — Ron Harper claims the Cleveland Cavaliers would've stopped Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls' first three-peat

Years before he joined Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls, Ron Harper was a member of the up-and-coming Cleveland Cavaliers squad.

Max Strus

Max Strus shares why the Miami Heat will bounce back this season after a disappointing start - "We have two young guys that are turning the corner of being superstars"

Strus breaks down why the Miami Heat will bounce back this season while giving high praise to Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro

Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd explains why he isn’t too concerned with the Dallas Mavericks' slow start to the season

Kidd believes that the Mavs are figuring things out slowly but surely, and ensured fans that they won't be winning any awards for the first 20 games of the season

Charles Barkley & Erik Spoelstra

Charles Barkley believes it's time for the Miami Heat to break the team up and start over

Barkley pondered whether or not it was time for the Heat to start from scratch amid their 11-14 run in the first 25 games of the season

Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley and New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson

“It looked like me and Shaq had a baby” — when Chuck had Shaq dying laughing with his Zion comment

One year later, Zion proved he's put in the work and is leading the New Orleans Pelicans to the playoffs.

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant and Washington Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas

"It was intelligent trash talking, when you played him you’re playing a mental war" — Gilbert Arenas shares his experience trash-talking Kobe Bryant

Former Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas outlines what it was like to receive trash-talking from Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.

Former NBA player Stephen Jackson

"They gave me a check for $25,000 cash, I blew it all in one day" — Stephen Jackson reveals he blew his first NBA paycheck

Former three-point specialist Stephen Jackson reveals how he and Mike Bibby spent his first NBA pay check in a few hours.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and New Orleans Hornets guard Devin Brown

“I think we can pay you a little bit more than that” — When Gregg Popovich saved Devin Brown from an overnight stocker job

Thanks to Gregg Popovich's training camp invite, Devin Brown was able to live his NBA dream.