As the Boston Celtics are off to a solid start to the 2022-23 season with a 4-2 record, Jayson Tatum is dominating the league in a particular offensive statistic.
According to Synergy Sports from Sportradar, the leading sports technology company, Tatum is at the top in points per possession averaging 1.25 points for each of the 24.2 possessions he is getting per game.
This draws significance as some of the players under Tatum, such as the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, are tied with 1.17 points per possession as they use more possessions than he does.
Building off what was a spectacular 2021-22 campaign for the star forward, Tatum has been torching the nets to start this season in a historic manner. He is averaging 30.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists on 55.7 percent shooting from the field including 40.8 percent from beyond the arc.
His scoring average of 30.8 points a night places him in the top 10 in the league, above players such as Kyrie Irving, Devin Booker, and Joel Embiid. Players above him include Curry, Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, and Luka Doncic, among others.
The Boston Celtics thriving due to Jayson Tatum’s offensive performance
The Boston Celtics are thriving with Tatum’s hot start at the offensive end, winning four of their six matchups thus far and losing in overtime to a burgeoning contender, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Even though they are 13th in points per game with 116.7, they rank in the top five with one of the best offensive ratings in the league at 118.2.
As the first option on a championship contender, Tatum knows he will have to score efficiently every night to have the Celtics be as dominant as they can be. This will prove crucial in their search for Banner 18 as they try to get back to the NBA Finals in back-to-back years.