Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics have both enjoyed an incredible season, and currently find themselves battling for an NBA Championship against the Golden State Warriors.

It hasn’t all been plain sailing though, as both Tatum and the Celtics struggled out of the gate, with neither party able to find their rhythm in the opening months of the season. However, since the turn of the year, the Celtics have been one of the best teams in the league, and Tatum has proven himself as one of the best talents the NBA has to offer.

Still, we all knew that the 24-year-old from St. Louis was an incredible scorer, but it’s the other areas of his game that have taken him to the next level. Suddenly, Tatum is an unquestioned playmaker, capable of using his scoring gravity to generate easy scoring opportunities for his teammates, while also being a fierce on-ball defender and excellent off-ball defender too.

When speaking to Malika Andrews during an interview with ESPN, Tatum credited Ime Udoka for his sudden improvements, noting how a conversation with the rookie head coach put everything in perspective for the three-time All-Star.

“I gotta give a lot of credit to coach Udoka. Coming into this year, challenging me to be the best player I can be, as well as the team. Sitting down with me, he told me that last year, it should have left a sour taste in my mouth, not being All-NBA. And that I need to leave no doubt, and that it’s more than just scoring, I need to be the best two-way player, best playmaker, making other guys better.

He’s challenged me every day, from the beginning of the season, and I really appreciate that. I’ve seen what it’s done for myself and the success of the team. Everybody is buying into the philosophy of what he’s trying to teach us on the offensive end, and we’re one of the last teams standing, so it’s worked,” Tatum told Andrews.

Tatum Not Happy Being Called a Superstar

Despite his lofty stat lines, his dominant scoring performances, and his sudden development of becoming an elite-level playmaker, Tatum doesn’t know where the superstar label, or debate about the label, has come from.

“A lot of people want to debate — I guess you just commented about the superstar, whatever that …read more

Source:: Heavy.com


Celtics Jayson Tatum Drops Truth Bomb on Ime Udoka: ‘I Appreciate That’

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