Jayson Tatum isn't 19 anymore, but he's still accomplished an incredible amount at an incredibly young age.
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.
Jayson Tatum reached 4K career points tonight, becoming the 2nd youngest Celtic ever to do so at 22 years & 302 days.
Only Antoine Walker (22 years, 242 days) was younger.
Tatum is the 35th player in NBA history to reach 4K points before his 23rd birthday.
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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.
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.