Jayson Tatum’s star is rising, there’s no doubt about it – because that’s what happens when you out-perform Kevin Durant in the playoffs.

As the Boston Celtics methodically swept the Brooklyn Nets, we were left with no doubt about Tatum’s credentials as a future superstar. Everything is finally coming together for the St. Louis native, his passing game has reached an elite level, shot selection is meticulous, and his defense is currently at an All-NBA level.

This version of Tatum has been years in the making, and there will undoubtedly be multiple players and coaches who have imparted wisdom onto the young star along the way. And, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, former Celtic Kyrie Irving deserves some of the credit for Tatum’s recent ascension, as does Kevin Durant, who Tatum just battled in the playoffs.

“Jayson Tatum has taken the next step in his career & he’s blossoming right before our eyes” ~@ShamsCharania#PMSLive pic.twitter.com/oOEFJH3XlT

— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) April 27, 2022

“Can we give it up to Jayson Tatum, he’s grown, he’s taken the next step in his career defensively, the way he played on that end of the floor. He learned a lot from Kyrie Irving as much as that break up happen, and he learned a lot from Kevin Durant and playing with him at Team USA last year, and you’re seeing him, he’s blossoming, he’s shining right before our eye,” Charania said during an interview on the Pat McAfee Show.

Tatum Has Earned his Star Status

Since entering the NBA, everybody has envisioned Tatum eventually becoming a star, and little by little, we’ve seen the developments with our own eyes. First, it was his ability to be the offensive focal point on a team, then his off-ball defense improved, and over the last 18 months, the passing has come on leaps and bounds.

But, there was always still the question of if the 24-year-old could raise his game when facing other superstar players. Against the Nets, we got the answer, and now, the expectations surrounding Tatum are higher than ever before as the team heads into the second round to take on the Milwaukee Bucks.

Throughout his first four games in the playoffs, Tatum is averaging 29.5 points, 7.3 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game on 45.6% shooting and 41.9% from three-point range. If the fifth-year wing can …read more

Source:: Heavy.com


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