Jayson Tatum joins Antoine Walker by hitting notable Celtics milestone

Darren Hartwell
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Tatum joins Antoine Walker by hitting notable C's milestone originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Jayson Tatum isn't 19 anymore, but he's still accomplished an incredible amount at an incredibly young age.

The Celtics forward now has 4,004 points in his young NBA career after dropping a game-high 27 points in Boston's 116-111 win over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.

With his 23rd point, Tatum -- who doesn't turn 23 until March 3 -- became the second-youngest Celtic ever to join the 4,000-point club.

Antoine Walker reached 4,000 points in just his third season with the Celtics after going No. 6 overall in the 1996 NBA Draft. The power forward was a certified bucket-getter in Boston, averaging 20.6 points over eight seasons to finish as the franchise's 13th-leading scorer, just behind C's icon Tommy Heinsohn.

But Tatum may have a higher ceiling than Walker after a breakout 2019-20 campaign in which he averaged 23.4 points during the regular season and 25.7 in the regular season.

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The fourth-year forward is picking up right where he left off this season, scoring at a 25.5-points-per-game clip through four contests. So, if he continues to play at a high level for the next several years -- he's under contract for the next five seasons after signing a maximum rookie extension -- he soon could join the ranks of Boston's all-time leading scorers.

Tatum and the C's will welcome the Memphis Grizzlies to TD Garden on Wednesday night. Coverage on NBC Sports Boston starts at 7 p.m. ET ahead of the 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

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