Boston Celtics: Jayson Tatum ranked 4th best star to build a team around

When looking at the landscape of the modern-day NBA, it’s filled with high-potential young stars that are seemingly bound to dominate the league for the decades to come. Luckily for the Boston Celtics, they find themselves in possession of two of these youthful ballers in Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

One of the top wing duos in the association, the Jays both find themselves coming off of career seasons in 2020-21, with the former posting stellar averages of 24.7 points, six boards, and 3.4 assists on 48 percent shooting from the floor and nearly 40 percent shooting from deep while the latter dropped 26.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.2 steals on 46 percent shooting from the floor and nearly 39 percent shooting from deep.

When it comes to the C’s foundation, there are only a handful of other ball clubs that can be argued as having it better than what they have.

In fact, just recently, the folks at Bleacher Report went about and created a list discussing the top 10 stars they believe are worth building an NBA franchise around and, though Brown was just an honorable mention (which is still a tremendous accomplishment in our opinion), Tatum found himself ranked fourth overall.

Citing his stellar all-around improvements last season coupled with his young age and frame, writer Andy Bailey believes that the 2x All-Star for the Boston Celtics is unequivocally one of the top players that any team would be lucky to build around:

Jayson Tatum answered what may have been the last question concerning his game in 2020-21.

He’d already shown off the profile of a No. 1 scorer, with an ability to get buckets inside, in the mid-range or from three. He’s long been a solid rebounder. And though he may not be Scottie Pippen on defense, he uses his size (6’8″) and athleticism well and opens up possibilities for switch-heavy schemes.

His 4.3 assists per game this season showed that Tatum can engineer more possessions from scratch. And getting playmaking from the wing can free up guards for scoring opportunities they might not otherwise have.

Altogether, Tatum has averaged 25.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 3.0 threes, 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks per 75 possessions over the past two seasons. And he’s just 23. There’s still time to develop.

Of course, we being a Boston Celtics-based site have a hard time arguing this logic presented by Bailey but, frankly, we’re almost positive that any other outlet would have a similar opinion on the matter as well.

What say you? Do you agree with this ranking of Jayson Tatum at fourth on a list of franchise building blocks across the league? Are you under the belief that he should be ranked somewhere else?

Whatever your thoughts are, go ahead and leave them in the comments section below.