One shining light that stood out in what was a pretty dark season for the Celtics last season was Jayson Tatum.
Tatum just looked like he had taken a step up from seasons before, he looked like he had mastered the step-back three, was driving to the basket and using his big frame more, and reports even suggested that he had grown an inch or two.
Tatum showed out this season by dropping multiple 50+ point games and even tied the great Larry Bird’s record of 60 points in a single game. He also showed that he can do it under pressure, as he dropped 50 points against the Washington Wizards in the play-in tournament to send the Celtics through to the playoffs.
Tatum has been getting recognition all around the league and after their first-round playoff matchup, Kevin Durant labeled Tatum ‘elite’ and that it was an ‘honor’ to play against him.
Why can Tatum be a top 7 player this season?
I think that Kawhi being out for the majority of the coming season will play a big factor in Tatum being a top 7 player this season but I also think it is down to Tatum’s newfound ability to drive to the rim and get an easy bucket.
Tatum recently said:
“I know people want to see me go to the basket more. I like the step-back jumper. It’s a compromise. I’ll do what the people want.”
Tatum’s recent Instagram posts show him putting the work in, and he looks in better shape than ever.
He said, “My body is just starting to change, as well as putting the work in.”
The Celtics have also been making some big changes this offseason, bringing in new head coach Ime Udoka (with who Tatum is very familiar within the team USA setup), and making improvements to the supporting cast around Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
This season is looking like it could be Jayson Tatum’s best-ever season in the NBA, but we’ll just have to wait and see how he and the Celtics fare this season
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