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Celtics forward Jayson Tatum changes number

Ty Anderson
July 15, 2017 - 2:31 pm

Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum has closed the 7-11 and gone back to college.

Originally given No. 11 upon being selected by the Celtics with the No. 3 overall pick at this year’s draft -- and seemingly running with it as one half of the Celtics’ 7-11 tandem with Jaylen Brown (No. 7) -- Tatum will reportedly switch back to the No. 0 he wore for the Duke Blue Devils last year now that Avery Bradley has been traded to the Pistons.

The confirmation has come with the C’s online store selling Tatum jerseys with No. 0, and with Tatum himself tweeting that he and Brown need a new group nickname.

Tatum will become the sixth Celtic to wear No. 0. Eric Montross was the first, in 1995-96. Current Celtics assistant coach (and Tatum’s Summer League coach) Walter McCarty then wore it from 1998 to 2005. Orien Greene wore it in 2006, Leon Powe had it from 2007 to 2009, and Bradley sported the No. 0 on his jersey from 2011 to 2017.

Superstitious C’s fans have to hope that the number switch doesn’t disrupt the 19-year-old Tatum, who has been the talk of the Summer League, averaging 17.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, and with makes on 19-of-45 shots for the Celtics.

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