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JAYSON TATUM NAMED KIA NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER

BOSTON, MA – Boston Celtics All-Star forward Jayson Tatum has been named the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month for October/November the NBA announced today. Tatum earns his third career NBA Player of the Month award and owns the third-most monthly honors in Celtics history, behind Paul Pierce (4) and Larry Bird (7). 

Tatum led the Celtics to the best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference with a 14-4 overall record, while the team’s perfect 8-0 run at TD Garden marks the third time over the last 30 seasons (since 1993-94) that Boston has recorded an 8-0 or better home start.

Tatum averaged 27.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in 18 appearances to start the 2023-24 NBA season. Tatum posted a team-high seven double-doubles and was one of only three NBA players to average at least 25.0 points while shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from three-point territory (Kevin Durant and Tyrese Haliburton).

Tatum led all players with the best plus/minus (+168) in the league and ranked fourth in minutes played (666.4), sixth in defensive rebounds (145), and eighth in total points scored (499). The Duke alumnus was one of two Eastern Conference players who shot over 60.0 percent from two-point range, among players with at least 10 attempts per game (60.2% on 10.9 2PA), along with Giannis Antetokounmpo.

On Nov. 4, Tatum scored his 10,000th career point in the second quarter of the Celtics’ 124-114 win over the Brooklyn Nets and finished the night with 32 points and 11 rebounds. Tatum is the 10th player in NBA history to reach 10,000 career points before his 26th birthday, joining LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Tracy McGrady, Devin Booker, Bob McAdoo, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Dwight Howard. The St. Louis, MO native was named the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week on November 6.

Tatum posted a double-double on Nov. 8 at Philadelphia when he registered 16 points (6-14 FG) and pulled down the third-most rebounds in his career with 15 boards. On Nov. 6, Tatum registered 32 points (12-22 FG), five rebounds, and a career-high-tying five steals, becoming only the ninth player in Celtics history to record at least 30 points and five steals in a game. 

In the Celtics’ 121-118 overtime loss at Charlotte on Nov. 20, Tatum matched his career-high with 31 points in the first half and finished with a season-high 45 points (15-28 FG, 7-15 3FG, 8-10 FT), 13 rebounds, six assists, and two blocks. Tatum became the second player in Celtics history to post at least 45 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists in a game, joining Larry Bird (4X). Dating back to the 1997-98 season, when play-by-play information was first tracked, Tatum became the first Celtic in franchise history to record at least 38 points and 11 rebounds through the first three-quarters of a game.