Celtics unveil first look at Jayson Tatum in Team USA Uniform (Photos)
Throughout the years, countless Celtics players have chosen to represent their country and play for Team USA. Most recently, Boston’s young star Jayson Tatum signed up to compete in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Tatum is trading in his green and white for red, white and blue this summer. The Celtics’ Twitter account shared a first look at the forward in his new Team USA Uniform on Thursday.
This will be Tatum’s first time representing Team USA on the Olympic stage, but it is not his first international competition. The 23-year-old played for the U.S. in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, where he played two games before spraining his ankle. Tatum also won three gold medals as a youth at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship and 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship.
Tatum joins a stacked roster for Team USA, which is led by Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. The roster includes:
C Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat)
G Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
G Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
F Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets)
F Jerami Grant (Detroit Pistons)
F/C Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
G Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee Bucks)
G/F Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls)
G Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
C Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers)
G/F Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
F Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
Despite having quite a few young stars, the average age is 28.2, making the roster the third-oldest in Team USA history. The 2021 squad is only behind the 1996 Atlanta Olympics team (29.4) and the 1992 Barcelona team (29.0). Tatum is the youngest of the bunch in Tokyo.
Team USA will play a five-game exhibition series from July 10-18. The Olympics are being held July 23-Aug. 8.