Laughable comment from Knicks forward highlights jealousy toward Jayson Tatum

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The Boston Celtics are one of the best franchises in NBA history. With that, comes jealousy towards the franchise and its star players. Also, with the Cs one step closer to immortality, Jayson Tatum is experiencing unwarranted disrespect from players across the league.

On a recent podcast, New York Knicks forward Josh Hart said that he would rank Derrick White ahead of Jayson Tatum on a list of most impactful players left in the postseason. The comment is a new low for Hart and shows his lack of knowledge when it comes to evaluating great players. Ultimately, it shows that Hart either has a bias against Tatum or is simply jealous of his success.

My frustration with this comment does not need to come off as hate towards White because he is an impactful player and is playing a huge role for the Cs this season. This postseason, White is averaging 17.8 points and 4.6 assists per game and he has had multiple key plays. Despite this, White is simply not on Tatum's level, which is the top tier of the NBA.

Josh Hart's Jayson Tatum comments not rooted in reality

Tatum is a top-five player in the NBA and his impact can be seen on all levels. What Tatum has done this postseason is truly remarkable as he is only the fifth player in NBA history to lead their team in points, rebounds, and assists while reaching the NBA Finals. The level that Tatum is at right now is generational and it's something that is hard to even wrap your head around.

Tatum’s elite postseason makes Hart’s comments puzzling because they are not rooted in factual evidence. It seems that most coverage around Tatum this playoffs has been narrative-driven where people are choosing to pick statistics or topics that fit their narratives instead of the actual truth. Most of the time when people fall into those groups, I tend to think jealousy is at the root of it.

If the Celtics win the title and Tatum wins Finals MVP it will be funny to see what Hart says about it.