After a scorching hot start to the NBA season, Boston Celtics star forward Jayson Tatum has been named the first Eastern Conference Player of the Week (Oct. 18 – Oct. 23).
Sports Illustrated’s Brett Siegel wrote about Tatum’s impressive start for the C’s.
"“Tatum and the Celtics have picked up right where they left off last season and look every bit like a championship contender once again. Through three games, Boston is 3-0 thanks to Tatum and his sensational play.“In three games this past week, Tatum averaged 34.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 58.7 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from three-point range. His 104 total points scored and 34.7 points per game average currently lead the league.”"
Playing fiercely with a chip on his shoulder, Tatum continues to blossom into one of the league’s most dominant players on both sides of the ball. He and the C’s have not wasted any time reminding us they are still the team to beat in the East.
Tatum is focused on winning a championship this season, but he also wholeheartedly believes he can become MVP in the near future.
He has quickly turned much of the basketball world into believers, too.
Arguably already the most lethal scoring threat in the storied history of the Boston Celtics, Tatum will continue shattering expectations and more franchise records as the star scorer of Joe Mazzulla’s explosive high-octane offense.
Expect Tatum to keep pouring in the points on Monday night as the C’s look to improve to 4-0 when they take on the Bulls in Chicago.
Chris Forsberg explains why Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum can be 2022-23 MVP
Looking at the long-term for Jayson Tatum, the Boston Celtics All-NBA First Teamer from a season ago could very well find himself in the running for MVP for not only his own achievements, but for his team’s.
NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg credits that, as well as being in contention for a scoring title while also being an elite defender for his 3-pronged case for Tatum being named the 2022-23 NBA MVP.
“True superstars eventually reach a point in their career where team success is more important than individual accolades, and ironically, that’s typically when they tend to truly enter the MVP conversation…and it appears Tatum has reached that point,” Forsberg wrote in his latest Celtics Mailbag.
Tatum appears ready to take the next step, and he’s already racking up accolades early into his sixth professional season.