5 Saints and their NBA Finals player comparisons

Kristen Wong
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Saints Player No. 4: Andy Dalton — Celtics’ Jayson Tatum

Technically, we didn’t come up with this one. But as a staunch Warriors fan, we support it wholeheartedly.

On Wednesday’s edition of The Herd, Colin Cowherd addressed some comments Tatum made prior to Game 3 of the Finals. During a press conference, Tatum talked about the ongoing debate on whether or not he was considered a “superstar” and replied with a load of humility:

"“I want to know where that came from, like did I tweet that? Did I ever say that I’m a superstar? That never came from me, but it’s been a big deal this last year and a half or two.”"

In response to Tatum’s comments, Cowherd compared the Celtics star to….Saints backup quarterback Andy Dalton. Yup, you heard that right.

So far in the 2022 NBA Finals, Tatum hasn’t played incredible, but he hasn’t played mediocre either, and the same argument could be made about Andy Dalton.

Through five games, Tatum is averaging 23.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists; he’s shooting 36.7 percent from the floor, 45.1 percent from beyond the arc, and averaging 3.6 turnovers per game. All in all, not bad, but definitely not MVP-caliber either.

As for Dalton, the long-time Bengals quarterback has a 77-69-2 record with a respectable 62.2 percent pass completion rate. Dalton earned just three Pro Bowls in his 11-year career and has since faded into irrelevance, serving as no more than a backup to Jameis Winston in 2022.

By contrast, Tatum is arguably one of the best young stars in the league right now, so he and Dalton do diverge in their paths in that regard. Still, this comparison is funny as hell.