Stock skyrocketing: Jayson Tatum
The Celtics’ best player is ready to lead his team to a championship. He added muscle and worked on his jumper this offseason, and there have already been dividends. Tatum is averaging over 30 points per game for the second straight year but is shooting 54.9 percent from the field and 42.0 percent on his threes.
Through his first five games, the Celtics had a 130 offensive rating with Tatum on the floor and the four-time All-Star had produced a win shares per 48 minutes of .287 with .100 being league average. He has been outstanding to begin the year and is in the thick of the MVP conversation.
Tatum looks like one of the five best players in the world, and the Celtics need him at that level to win a championship. The Milwaukee Bucks are loaded with talent and the defending champion Denver Nuggets are not going away. It will be a difficult road for Boston, but the franchise is playing outstanding in the early going.
The Boston Celtics are ready for the challenge, but can they continue to play at this level? They look like the best team in the NBA and are certainly putting everyone else on notice. Can Jayson Tatum lead them to that elusive championship? Only time will tell, so stay tuned.