Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics has become one of the best players in the NBA. He’s blossomed into an excellent two-way player and a bonified MVP candidate. He is a skilled big versatile wing guard, and, of course, Jayson Tatum shoes factor into his playing style.
Tatum was born in Saint Louis, Missouri. His father, Justin Tatum, played college ball at the University of Saint Louis, his godfather was NBA star Larry Hughes, and he is related to ex-NBA Player, and current head coach of the LA Clippers, Tyronn Lue. It’s safe to say that basketball is in his blood. If that weren’t enough he has been mentored from an early age by the likes of St Louis native Bradley Beal, Kevin Durant, and the late-great Kobe Bryant.
Jayson is not only on track to becoming an all-time great in the NBA but after signing a $75M five year deal with Jordan Brand back in 2019, is also in line to get his own signature shoe. So, with all this in mind, let’s dive in and go over Jayson Tatum’s sneaker history.
Jayson Tatum Shoes: A Full Timeline Show
Jayson Tatum Shoes: Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum Shoes 2022-23
Jayson Tatum is having an MVP cliber season. Not only is he turning in career-best averages of 30 ppg, 8.6 rbpg and 4,5 apg but the Boston Celtics are on fire. The C’s are currently the best team in the NBA and feel like one of the top contenders, if not THE TOP contender, for the NBA title.
Tatum also had a very eventful 2023 All-Star Weekend in Utah. He dropped a record-breaking 55 points during the game, was named the game MVP and he officially unveiled his first signature shoe, the Jordan JT 1.
The JT 1 is an odd-looking performance model, but it packs a ton of performance features and is the lightest basketball shoe on the Jordan performance basketball line. Jayson Tatum will join Luka Doncic and Zion Williamson as Jordan Brands’ marquee signature athletes.
The JT 1, aside from being an ultra-light basketball shoe, features an (again lightweight) TPU frame that gives the shoe torsional stability and structure to allow Jayson to make his signature side-to-side moves with ease. The shoe is wrapped by what Nike is calling “a ground-contact foam” that supposedly “also acts as an integrated traction pattern”.
This sounds a lot like Under Armours Flow technology. Flow uses the same foam as the midsole/cushioning as the traction. This setup allows cutting down the weight of a shoe (no traditional sole of course means less weight) without sacrificing traction. It isn’t a setup that does well outdoors in terms of durability but it works very well in doors. The JT 1 has minimal rubber on the toe and ball of the foot to boost the traction in that area to cater to Tatum’s forefoot-heavy playing style.
In terms of cushioning the shoe boasts an uncaged Zoom Air bag in the forefoot helps provide high energy return without sacrificing court feel. Lastly, we will have a mesh knit upper that looks strong and lightweight.
One thing that is unique to the Tatum 1 is that it is designed specifically to be easy for kids to get in and out of. To this end, the design team over at Jordan Brand implemented an injected TPU tailgate system to help with easy entry. The traditional lacing system, the mesh upper, and this new TPU system might mean that we will have a rival for the LeBron 20 as this year’s best-fitting shoe.
Jayson Tatum Shoes 2021-22
During the 2021-22 season, Tatum definitively established himself as one of the top players in the NBA and was integral in turning the Boston Celtics into a legit championship contender.
Tatum averaged 26.9 PPG, 8 RPG, and 4.4 APG during the regular season and was named to the All-Star team, but his and the Celtic’s season really took off during the second half of the year. Things began to gel and Tatum went from an All-Star to an MVP contender, and the Celtics went from a good team to the best team in the league (post All-Star break).
The Celtics entered the 2022 NBA playoffs as the team with the best defense in the NBA and would face one of the best offensive teams in the league, the Brooklyn Nets led by Kevin Durant and ex-Celtic Kyrie Irving. The series was very contentious, but Tatum and the Celtics ended up sweeping the Nets in 4 games.
Jayson primarily wore Jordan Brand’s flagship model for the year, the Jordan 36 in a wide variety of different colorways and PEs. the Air Jordan 36 is so good it made our list of the best performance models for the year. But Jayson also wore a bunch of different colorways of the Jordan 35 and the Jordan 34. Off the court, Tatum also broke out several models that confirmed his sneaker-head status including the Penny 3, an all-white pair of Foamposites, and Jordan 4s.
During the 2022 playoffs, we did see Tatum warm up in the new Jordan 37. This model recently dropped worldwide, and although it is a very odd looking Jordan, it seems like it will be an decent on court performer.
Jayson Tatum Shoes 2020-21
During his fourth season in the league, Tatum took a giant leap forward on an individual level. He ballooned his averages to 26.4 PPG, 7.4 RPG and 4.3 APG. He was named to the All-Star team and would finish 9th in the NBA in points per game. The Celtics, on the other hand, underperformed.
They finished the season with 36 wins and 36 losses and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Brooklyn Nets. The Celtics clearly had a superstar on their hands, but they had a lot of work to do as a team to become a contender.
Tatum hooped the majority of the season in PE versions of that year’s Jordan flagship: the Jordan 35. But he must have missed the amazing performance features of the Jordan 34 because he also brought them back for a bunch of games that season. Off the court, we saw JT in several different pairs of Jordan 3s and the Jordan 4 Unity to name a few.
He also got to debut the Jordan 36 towards the end of the season, and that summer with the US national team. Tatum and the USA National team brought home gold at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Jayson Tatum Shoes 2019-20
Tatum’s third season would coincide with the global pandemic, and therefore would be shortened and a good chunk of it would transpire in the NBA bubble in Orlando.
Tatum played very well. He would average 23.4 PPG 7 RPG and 3 APG, he would be named to the All-Star team, and to the All-NBA third team. The Celtics had a very solid core of players including Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Gordon Hayward, and Kemba Walker.
The Celtics had a very good season as well and made it to the Eastern Conference finals. They faced the Jimmy Butler-led Miami Heat and would end up losing in 6 games.
During the summer of 2019, Tatum played for USA Basketball during the Basketball World Cup in China. The team had a terrible performance and did not even medal. Tatum played in the Jordan Jumpman Diamond which was a surprisingly great performance model that Luka Doncic also favored.
During the NBA regular season, Tatum laced up one of the best (if not THE best) Jordan performance models of all time, the Jordan 34. He got a ton of different colorways and PE models.
Jayson Tatum Shoes 2018-19
Jason Tatum’s second season in the NBA was very solid but rather controversial. The Celtics had been able to maintain their amazing roster which was one of the best Celtic rosters of All-time, and a clear candidate to bring home the Larry O’Brien trophy.
But the team underperformed due primarily to chemistry problems among the players. The team was booted from the playoffs in the second round and then imploded when Kyrie left to join the superteam Brooklyn Nets. It would end up working out for the Celtics, as this move would give Tatum the space to grow into an MVP candidate.
Tatum followed up his rookie season with averages of 15.7 PPG 6 RPG and 2.1 APG and turned in several performances that hinted at his superstar potential.
Tatum laced up a bunch of different Nike Basketball models that year. He made some interesting choices with his footwear. He primarily wore Kyrie 4s which might have seemed odd for a guy that’s 6’9′ and 210 lbs, but they probably served his shifty playing style well. He also played in the Nike Adapt BB, the Nike Kyrie 5, Nike Kobe AD Exodus, and the Nike PG 2. Casually, Tatum let everyone know he knew a little something about kicks, lacing up Foamposites, Jordan 1s, Jordan 3s, and Jordan 4s.
Jayson Tatum Shoes 2017-18
Tatum was drafted 3rd overall by the Boston Celtics. He turned in a very solid rookie season. Tatum joined an amazing roster of players that included: Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, and Jaylen Brown. He started every game of the season and he was named to the All-Rookie NBA first team.
He averaged 13.9 PPG 5 RPG and 1.6 APG during the regular season but he shined the most during that year’s Playoffs. The Celtics had an amazing run and, somewhat unexpectedly, made it all the way to the Conference Finals. There they faced LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. They pushed the Cavs to 7 games, but would ultimately come up short. Tatum averaged an outstanding 18.5 PPG 4.4 RPG and 2.7 APG and would give us one of the most vicious dunks of recent years over none other than Lebron James.
During his rookie season, Tatum’s go-to shoes were the Kyrie 4s and the PG 2s, but he would also play in the Kyrie 3s, the Kobe 1s, and the PG 1. Off the court he brought some heat as well, lacing up the Air Jordan 13 Low Curry, the AJ1 Off White, and the Jordan 12 among others.
Jayson Tatum Shoes: Duke
Tatum only spent 1 year at Duke, which was more than enough to put the NBA on notice. He averaged 16.8 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.3 steals, and 1.1 blocks and was named to the 2016-17 ACC All-Freshman team and the 2016-17 All-ACC Third Team. Duke didn’t do much as a team, and Tatum was injured for a large portion of the season, but Tatum was more than ready to make the jump to the NBA.
Duke is a Nike school, so, of course, JT got a ton of exclusive Nike models. He wore everything from Kobes, to LeBrons to Kyries, but would always gravitate to lower cut, guard centric models.
Jayson Tatum Shoes: High School
Tatum played his High School ball at Chaminade College Preparatory School in Missouri. He was a highly recruited prospect out of high school after being named an All-American during the 2015-16 season.
During his high school days, Tatum’s footwear choices were a bit more varied, which is understandable. He wore everything from Dames, to KDs, to Kobes.
That will do it for our full timeline of Jayson Tatum’s shoes. Tatum has teased that he will be receiving a signature shoe from Jordan Brand, which has the sneaker-verse waiting with bated breath.
As Tatum continues his career, we will update this article with the latest Jayson Tatum sneaker news.