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Earl Tatum

William Earl Tatum

Position: Shooting Guard ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-5 ▪ Weight: 185 lbs.
Born: July 26, 1953 in Mount Vernon, New York
High School: Mount Vernon in Mount Vernon, New York
College: Marquette University
Draft: Los Angeles Lakers, 2nd round (4th pick, 21st overall), 1976 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: October 21, 1976

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Totals

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1976-77 23 LAL NBA SG 68 1249 283 607 .466 283 607 .466 72 100 .720 83 153 236 118 85 22 168 638
1977-78 24 TOT NBA SG 82 2522 510 1087 .469 510 1087 .469 153 196 .781 79 216 295 296 140 40 184 257 1173
1977-78 24 LAL NBA SG 25 663 153 314 .487 153 314 .487 45 59 .763 23 67 90 70 37 10 53 85 351
1977-78 24 IND NBA SG 57 1859 357 773 .462 357 773 .462 108 137 .788 56 149 205 226 103 30 131 172 822
1978-79 25 TOT NBA SG 79 1233 280 627 .447 280 627 .447 52 71 .732 41 84 125 73 78 34 88 165 612
1978-79 25 BOS NBA SG 3 38 8 20 .400 8 20 .400 4 5 .800 1 3 4 1 0 1 3 7 20
1978-79 25 DET NBA SG 76 1195 272 607 .448 272 607 .448 48 66 .727 40 81 121 72 78 33 85 158 592
1979-80 26 CLE NBA SG 33 225 36 94 .383 2 6 .333 34 88 .386 11 19 .579 11 15 26 20 16 5 17 29 85
Career NBA 262 5229 1109 2415 .459 2 6 .333 1107 2409 .460 288 386 .746 214 468 682 507 319 101 289 619 2508
2 seasons LAL NBA 93 1912 436 921 .473 436 921 .473 117 159 .736 106 220 326 188 122 32 53 253 989
1 season DET NBA 76 1195 272 607 .448 272 607 .448 48 66 .727 40 81 121 72 78 33 85 158 592
1 season IND NBA 57 1859 357 773 .462 357 773 .462 108 137 .788 56 149 205 226 103 30 131 172 822
1 season CLE NBA 33 225 36 94 .383 2 6 .333 34 88 .386 11 19 .579 11 15 26 20 16 5 17 29 85
1 season BOS NBA 3 38 8 20 .400 8 20 .400 4 5 .800 1 3 4 1 0 1 3 7 20

Per Game

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1976-77 23 LAL NBA SG 68 18.4 4.2 8.9 .466 4.2 8.9 .466 1.1 1.5 .720 1.2 2.3 3.5 1.7 1.3 0.3 2.5 9.4
1977-78 24 TOT NBA SG 82 30.8 6.2 13.3 .469 6.2 13.3 .469 1.9 2.4 .781 1.0 2.6 3.6 3.6 1.7 0.5 2.2 3.1 14.3
1977-78 24 LAL NBA SG 25 26.5 6.1 12.6 .487 6.1 12.6 .487 1.8 2.4 .763 0.9 2.7 3.6 2.8 1.5 0.4 2.1 3.4 14.0
1977-78 24 IND NBA SG 57 32.6 6.3 13.6 .462 6.3 13.6 .462 1.9 2.4 .788 1.0 2.6 3.6 4.0 1.8 0.5 2.3 3.0 14.4
1978-79 25 TOT NBA SG 79 15.6 3.5 7.9 .447 3.5 7.9 .447 0.7 0.9 .732 0.5 1.1 1.6 0.9 1.0 0.4 1.1 2.1 7.7
1978-79 25 BOS NBA SG 3 12.7 2.7 6.7 .400 2.7 6.7 .400 1.3 1.7 .800 0.3 1.0 1.3 0.3 0.0 0.3 1.0 2.3 6.7
1978-79 25 DET NBA SG 76 15.7 3.6 8.0 .448 3.6 8.0 .448 0.6 0.9 .727 0.5 1.1 1.6 0.9 1.0 0.4 1.1 2.1 7.8
1979-80 26 CLE NBA SG 33 6.8 1.1 2.8 .383 0.1 0.2 .333 1.0 2.7 .386 0.3 0.6 .579 0.3 0.5 0.8 0.6 0.5 0.2 0.5 0.9 2.6
Career NBA 262 20.0 4.2 9.2 .459 0.1 0.2 .333 4.2 9.2 .460 1.1 1.5 .746 0.8 1.8 2.6 1.9 1.2 0.4 1.5 2.4 9.6
2 seasons LAL NBA 93 20.6 4.7 9.9 .473 4.7 9.9 .473 1.3 1.7 .736 1.1 2.4 3.5 2.0 1.3 0.3 2.1 2.7 10.6
1 season DET NBA 76 15.7 3.6 8.0 .448 3.6 8.0 .448 0.6 0.9 .727 0.5 1.1 1.6 0.9 1.0 0.4 1.1 2.1 7.8
1 season IND NBA 57 32.6 6.3 13.6 .462 6.3 13.6 .462 1.9 2.4 .788 1.0 2.6 3.6 4.0 1.8 0.5 2.3 3.0 14.4
1 season CLE NBA 33 6.8 1.1 2.8 .383 0.1 0.2 .333 1.0 2.7 .386 0.3 0.6 .579 0.3 0.5 0.8 0.6 0.5 0.2 0.5 0.9 2.6
1 season BOS NBA 3 12.7 2.7 6.7 .400 2.7 6.7 .400 1.3 1.7 .800 0.3 1.0 1.3 0.3 0.0 0.3 1.0 2.3 6.7

Per 36 Minutes

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1976-77 23 LAL NBA SG 68 1249 8.2 17.5 .466 8.2 17.5 .466 2.1 2.9 .720 2.4 4.4 6.8 3.4 2.4 0.6 4.8 18.4
1977-78 24 TOT NBA SG 82 2522 7.3 15.5 .469 7.3 15.5 .469 2.2 2.8 .781 1.1 3.1 4.2 4.2 2.0 0.6 2.6 3.7 16.7
1977-78 24 LAL NBA SG 25 663 8.3 17.0 .487 8.3 17.0 .487 2.4 3.2 .763 1.2 3.6 4.9 3.8 2.0 0.5 2.9 4.6 19.1
1977-78 24 IND NBA SG 57 1859 6.9 15.0 .462 6.9 15.0 .462 2.1 2.7 .788 1.1 2.9 4.0 4.4 2.0 0.6 2.5 3.3 15.9
1978-79 25 TOT NBA SG 79 1233 8.2 18.3 .447 8.2 18.3 .447 1.5 2.1 .732 1.2 2.5 3.6 2.1 2.3 1.0 2.6 4.8 17.9
1978-79 25 BOS NBA SG 3 38 7.6 18.9 .400 7.6 18.9 .400 3.8 4.7 .800 0.9 2.8 3.8 0.9 0.0 0.9 2.8 6.6 18.9
1978-79 25 DET NBA SG 76 1195 8.2 18.3 .448 8.2 18.3 .448 1.4 2.0 .727 1.2 2.4 3.6 2.2 2.3 1.0 2.6 4.8 17.8
1979-80 26 CLE NBA SG 33 225 5.8 15.0 .383 0.3 1.0 .333 5.4 14.1 .386 1.8 3.0 .579 1.8 2.4 4.2 3.2 2.6 0.8 2.7 4.6 13.6
Career NBA 262 5229 7.6 16.6 .459 0.3 1.0 .333 7.6 16.6 .460 2.0 2.7 .746 1.5 3.2 4.7 3.5 2.2 0.7 2.6 4.3 17.3
2 seasons LAL NBA 93 1912 8.2 17.3 .473 8.2 17.3 .473 2.2 3.0 .736 2.0 4.1 6.1 3.5 2.3 0.6 2.9 4.8 18.6
1 season DET NBA 76 1195 8.2 18.3 .448 8.2 18.3 .448 1.4 2.0 .727 1.2 2.4 3.6 2.2 2.3 1.0 2.6 4.8 17.8
1 season IND NBA 57 1859 6.9 15.0 .462 6.9 15.0 .462 2.1 2.7 .788 1.1 2.9 4.0 4.4 2.0 0.6 2.5 3.3 15.9
1 season CLE NBA 33 225 5.8 15.0 .383 0.3 1.0 .333 5.4 14.1 .386 1.8 3.0 .579 1.8 2.4 4.2 3.2 2.6 0.8 2.7 4.6 13.6
1 season BOS NBA 3 38 7.6 18.9 .400 7.6 18.9 .400 3.8 4.7 .800 0.9 2.8 3.8 0.9 0.0 0.9 2.8 6.6 18.9

Per 100 Poss

Per possession stats available as of 1973-74 season
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1976-77 23 LAL NBA SG 68 1249 10.4 22.3 .466 10.4 22.3 .466 2.6 3.7 .720 3.0 5.6 8.7 4.3 3.1 0.8 6.2 23.4
1977-78 24 TOT NBA SG 82 2522 .469 .469 .781
1977-78 24 LAL NBA SG 25 663 10.4 21.4 .487 10.4 21.4 .487 3.1 4.0 .763 1.6 4.6 6.1 4.8 2.5 0.7 3.6 5.8 24.0
1977-78 24 IND NBA SG 57 1859 8.5 18.5 .462 8.5 18.5 .462 2.6 3.3 .788 1.3 3.6 4.9 5.4 2.5 0.7 3.1 4.1 19.6
1978-79 25 TOT NBA SG 79 1233 .447 .447 .732
1978-79 25 BOS NBA SG 3 38 9.5 23.7 .400 9.5 23.7 .400 4.7 5.9 .800 1.2 3.6 4.7 1.2 0.0 1.2 3.6 8.3 23.7
1978-79 25 DET NBA SG 76 1195 10.2 22.7 .448 10.2 22.7 .448 1.8 2.5 .727 1.5 3.0 4.5 2.7 2.9 1.2 3.2 5.9 22.2
1979-80 26 CLE NBA SG 33 225 7.3 19.0 .383 0.4 1.2 .333 6.9 17.8 .386 2.2 3.8 .579 2.2 3.0 5.3 4.0 3.2 1.0 3.4 5.9 17.2
Career NBA 262 5229 9.9 21.8 .459 0.4 1.2 .333 34.4 74.8 .460 8.9 12.0 .746 6.6 5.2 21.2 4.3 9.9 0.8 58.4 19.2 77.9
2 seasons LAL NBA 93 1912 10.4 22.0 .473 10.4 22.0 .473 2.8 3.8 .736 2.5 5.3 7.8 4.5 2.9 0.8 3.6 6.0 23.6
1 season DET NBA 76 1195 10.2 22.7 .448 10.2 22.7 .448 1.8 2.5 .727 1.5 3.0 4.5 2.7 2.9 1.2 3.2 5.9 22.2
1 season IND NBA 57 1859 8.5 18.5 .462 8.5 18.5 .462 2.6 3.3 .788 1.3 3.6 4.9 5.4 2.5 0.7 3.1 4.1 19.6
1 season CLE NBA 33 225 7.3 19.0 .383 0.4 1.2 .333 6.9 17.8 .386 2.2 3.8 .579 2.2 3.0 5.3 4.0 3.2 1.0 3.4 5.9 17.2
1 season BOS NBA 3 38 9.5 23.7 .400 9.5 23.7 .400 4.7 5.9 .800 1.2 3.6 4.7 1.2 0.0 1.2 3.6 8.3 23.7

Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% eFG% FTr 3PAr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1976-77 23 LAL NBA SG 68 1249 16.5 .490 .466 .165 6.9 12.2 9.6 13.5 3.1 0.9 97 0.9 1.7 2.6 .101
1977-78 24 TOT NBA SG 82 2522 14.7 .500 .469 .180 3.1 8.5 5.8 16.9 2.5 0.8 13.6 20.5 100 102 2.2 2.2 4.4 .085
1977-78 24 LAL NBA SG 25 663 15.9 .516 .487 .188 3.7 10.0 6.9 14.8 2.5 0.8 13.5 23.1 100 101 0.7 0.7 1.4 .099
1977-78 24 IND NBA SG 57 1859 14.2 .493 .462 .177 2.9 8.0 5.4 17.6 2.5 0.8 13.6 19.5 100 102 1.5 1.5 3.1 .079
1978-79 25 TOT NBA SG 79 1233 11.9 .465 .447 .113 3.4 7.3 5.3 8.3 2.8 1.4 11.8 23.1 93 105 -0.5 1.2 0.7 .028
1978-79 25 BOS NBA SG 3 38 7.1 .450 .400 .250 2.9 8.8 5.8 3.8 0.0 1.4 11.9 25.9 89 110 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.036
1978-79 25 DET NBA SG 76 1195 12.1 .465 .448 .109 3.4 7.3 5.3 8.5 2.9 1.4 11.8 23.0 93 104 -0.4 1.2 0.7 .030
1979-80 26 CLE NBA SG 33 225 9.3 .415 .394 .202 .064 4.9 7.4 6.1 11.2 3.2 1.2 14.2 20.4 87 105 -0.3 0.2 0.0 -0.005
Career NBA 262 5229 14.2 .485 .460 .160 .002 4.1 9.1 6.6 13.8 2.7 1.0 13.0 21.3 97 102 2.4 5.4 7.8 .071
2 seasons LAL NBA 93 1912 16.3 .499 .473 .173 5.8 11.4 8.7 14.0 2.9 0.8 13.5 23.1 100 98 1.6 2.4 4.0 .100
1 season DET NBA 76 1195 12.1 .465 .448 .109 3.4 7.3 5.3 8.5 2.9 1.4 11.8 23.0 93 104 -0.4 1.2 0.7 .030
1 season IND NBA 57 1859 14.2 .493 .462 .177 2.9 8.0 5.4 17.6 2.5 0.8 13.6 19.5 100 102 1.5 1.5 3.1 .079
1 season CLE NBA 33 225 9.3 .415 .394 .202 .064 4.9 7.4 6.1 11.2 3.2 1.2 14.2 20.4 87 105 -0.3 0.2 0.0 -0.005
1 season BOS NBA 3 38 7.1 .450 .400 .250 2.9 8.8 5.8 3.8 0.0 1.4 11.9 25.9 89 110 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.036

Playoffs Totals

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1976-77 23 LAL NBA SG 11 356 67 134 .500 67 134 .500 16 24 .667 16 38 54 27 15 9 34 150
Career NBA 11 356 67 134 .500 67 134 .500 16 24 .667 16 38 54 27 15 9 34 150
1 season LAL NBA 11 356 67 134 .500 67 134 .500 16 24 .667 16 38 54 27 15 9 34 150

Playoffs Per Game

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1976-77 23 LAL NBA SG 11 32.4 6.1 12.2 .500 6.1 12.2 .500 1.5 2.2 .667 1.5 3.5 4.9 2.5 1.4 0.8 3.1 13.6
Career NBA 11 32.4 6.1 12.2 .500 6.1 12.2 .500 1.5 2.2 .667 1.5 3.5 4.9 2.5 1.4 0.8 3.1 13.6
1 season LAL NBA 11 32.4 6.1 12.2 .500 6.1 12.2 .500 1.5 2.2 .667 1.5 3.5 4.9 2.5 1.4 0.8 3.1 13.6

Playoffs Per 36 Minutes

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1976-77 23 LAL NBA SG 11 356 6.8 13.6 .500 6.8 13.6 .500 1.6 2.4 .667 1.6 3.8 5.5 2.7 1.5 0.9 3.4 15.2
Career NBA 11 356 6.8 13.6 .500 6.8 13.6 .500 1.6 2.4 .667 1.6 3.8 5.5 2.7 1.5 0.9 3.4 15.2
1 season LAL NBA 11 356 6.8 13.6 .500 6.8 13.6 .500 1.6 2.4 .667 1.6 3.8 5.5 2.7 1.5 0.9 3.4 15.2

Playoffs Per 100 Poss

Per possession stats available as of 1973-74 season
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1976-77 23 LAL NBA SG 11 356 8.7 17.4 .500 8.7 17.4 .500 2.1 3.1 .667 2.1 4.9 7.0 3.5 2.0 1.2 4.4 19.5
Career NBA 11 356 8.7 17.4 .500 8.7 17.4 .500 2.1 3.1 .667 2.1 4.9 7.0 3.5 2.0 1.2 4.4 19.5
1 season LAL NBA 11 356 8.7 17.4 .500 8.7 17.4 .500 2.1 3.1 .667 2.1 4.9 7.0 3.5 2.0 1.2 4.4 19.5

Playoffs Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% eFG% FTr 3PAr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1976-77 23 LAL NBA SG 11 356 14.0 .519 .500 .179 4.7 10.9 7.8 11.5 2.0 1.3 101 0.3 0.3 0.6 .086
Career NBA 11 356 14.0 .519 .500 .179 4.7 10.9 7.8 11.5 2.0 1.3 101 0.3 0.3 0.6 .086
1 season LAL NBA 11 356 14.0 .519 .500 .179 4.7 10.9 7.8 11.5 2.0 1.3 101 0.3 0.3 0.6 .086

Similarity Scores

Explanation ▪ Players with careers of similar quality and shape (thru 2013-14)
Thru 4 Years Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4
Earl Tatum 4.4 2.6 0.7 0.0
Matt Carroll 97.2 4.6 2.6 0.7 0.0
Devean George 91.9 4.2 2.7 0.7 -0.3
Keith Jennings 91.7 4.2 2.9 0.6
Kevin Grevey 88.8 4.4 3.4 0.7 0.1
John Bagley 88.7 4.6 3.0 0.9 -0.2
Darrick Martin 85.8 4.6 1.9 0.5 0.1
Goran Dragic 85.5 5.1 2.8 1.0 0.1
Ron Sobie 84.7 3.6 2.6 0.9 0.1
Louis Williams 84.6 4.4 3.4 1.1 -0.1
Ron Lee 84.5 3.8 2.8 0.8 0.3
Career Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4
Earl Tatum 4.4 2.6 0.7 0.0
Keith Jennings 91.7 4.2 2.9 0.6
Ron Sobie 84.7 3.6 2.6 0.9 0.1
Reggie Jackson 84.4 4.9 2.5 0.1
Walt Kirk 83.9 5.0 2.3 0.4
Mike Barrett 83.2 4.9 2.7 -0.1
Billy Ray Bates 82.3 3.6 2.4 0.9 0.0
Mel Riebe 81.9 4.2 2.2 0.0
Al Butler 81.0 4.1 2.1 1.1 -0.3
Butch Van Breda Kolff 78.7 4.4 2.5 2.3 0.2
Curly Armstrong 78.5 3.5 3.1 0.6

College

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Totals Shooting Per Game
Season Age College G MP FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA ORB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST
1972-73 19 MARQUETTE 16 10 26 4 5 19 24 .385 .800 1.5 1.2
1973-74 20 MARQUETTE 31 136 293 40 67 158 312 .464 .597 10.1 5.1
1974-75 21 MARQUETTE 27 156 325 55 76 182 367 .480 .724 13.6 6.7
1975-76 22 MARQUETTE 29 1003 241 493 49 64 204 531 .489 .766 34.6 18.3 7.0
Career 103 1003 543 1137 148 212 563 1234 .478 .698 34.6 12.0 5.5

Appearances on Leaderboards, Awards, and Honors

Honors
1975-76 NCAA AP All-America (3rd)

Games
1977-78 NBA 82 (3)

Transactions

September 30, 1975: Traded by the Detroit Pistons (as a future 1976 2nd round draft pick) to the Phoenix Suns for Earl Williams. Williams was originally traded for Willie Norwood on May 28, 1975 but the trade was cancelled.

November 3, 1975: Traded by the Phoenix Suns (as a future 1976 2nd round draft pick) with John Roche to the Los Angeles Lakers for Pat Riley.

June 8, 1976: Drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2nd round (21st pick) of the 1976 NBA Draft.

December 13, 1977: Traded by the Los Angeles Lakers with James Edwards and cash to the Indiana Pacers for Adrian Dantley and Dave Robisch.

July 19, 1978: Traded by the Indiana Pacers to the Boston Celtics for a 1980 1st round draft pick (Carl Nicks was later selected).

October 19, 1978: Traded by the Boston Celtics to the Detroit Pistons for Chris Ford and a 1981 2nd round draft pick (Tracy Jackson was later selected).

February 15, 1979: Traded by the Detroit Pistons to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Jim Brewer and future considerations.

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