It’s taken time, and truthfully the narrative still isn’t where it needs to be, but the Boston Celtics duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are getting significantly more respect than they used to as a 1-2 punch.
Perhaps the expectations of their initial run together, which resulted in being one game away from the NBA Finals back during the 2017-18 season, largely has to do with why the pair isn’t given their props.
Either way, getting over the hump in the Eastern Conference has resulted in many speaking publicly about the greatness the Jays are on the verge of reaching. One such endorsement came from a player who is currently in the running for one of the C’s final roster spots: Noah Vonleh.
Vonleh, who is currently sharing a locker room with Tatum and Brown at the moment, said during an October 9 press conference that the Jays are better than a long-time backcourt he previously played with, the Portland Trail Blazers starting backcourt from 2015-16 up to last season, Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum (h/t Heavy’s Adam Taylor):
"“I’ve been on a team where they had a two-headed monster in Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, but this is a different type of monster with Jayson and Jaylen. I feel like they’re more dynamic, they’ve got good size, and they can do a lot out there. So, pretty much doing the same thing, screening those guys, getting them open, and making it easier for them.”"
What role Noah Vonleh would play on the Boston Celtics
While there is plenty of truth to what Noah Vonleh said, it certainly doesn’t hurt his chances of making the Boston Celtics after the preseason to have heaped such glowing praise upon the Jays. Still, within his praise of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown was a revelation to what role he sees himself playing should he make the team.
Mainly, Vonleh would help create open shots in a similar fashion to departed big man Daniel Theis, who was the best player Boston sent the Indiana Pacers in the Malcolm Brogdon trade. Thus far, Vonleh has kept his offense simple at the rim, avoiding a 3-point shot that has regressed throughout his career.