Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, or the Jay’s; have stolen the spotlight in Boston.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have played lights out this season, and are both making huge strides in their basketball development. Both Brown and Tatum’s statline have improved since their rookie season. Their games are almost the complete opposite, but that just makes them an even more dynamic duo.
Jayson Tatum is now in his 3rd season in the NBA, and is only 21-years-old. Don’t let his age fool you, he’s as experienced as it gets for someone his age. In Tatum’s rookie year, alongside Brown and their teammates, led the Boston Celtics to the brink of the NBA Finals, but fell just one game short; losing to the Cavaliers led by LeBron James in Game 7 of the ECF. Tatum this season is average a career high in points, rebounds, assists, and steals. You can see his statline below. (21 Games Played)
Jayson Tatum | 21.2 PPG | 7.0 RPG | 2.9 APG |
Jaylen Brown is in his 4th NBA season now, and that experience is starting to show; in his level of play and leadership. Brown started his career much slower than Tatum, playing very little his rookie season; not because he wasn’t good enough, the Celtics’ just had a lot of depth at the time. Unlike Tatum as well, Brown’s numbers haven’t risen every year. Last year in his 3rd season, his numbers dipped when they really should have gone up, not a good look for a 3rd year player. Despite all of that, Danny Ainge had faith in Jaylen Brown, and signed him to a huge contract this offseason. It seems like Ainge’s gut was right, Jaylen Brown has been tremendous this season. Brown is average a career high in points, bebounds, assists, steals, and shooting percentage. You can see his statline below. (18 Games Played)
Jaylen Brown | 20.0 PPG | 6.9 RPG | 1.9 APG |
Are the Celtics’ legitimate title contenders?
Yes, although we’re only a quarter of the way into the season, we’ve seen that Boston has four players (Hayward, Walker, Tatum, and Brown), who can and might just average at least 20 points per game. Combine that with Kanter’s offensive help and Marcus Smart’s defensive help off the bench, not many other teams can say that. The Celtics play true team basketball, there isn’t just one or two stars leading the team.
We knew coming into the season who Kemba Walker was and what he could do. We also knew about what Gordon Hayward could do but were uncertain after his average season last year, but he’s shown Boston he’s still got the juice. What we didn’t know, is how well Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown would play. Not many people thought they would regress, but then again not many people thought they would come out this season on fire.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are the dynamic duo that will lead Boston back to the Finals, complimented by Walker, Hayward, Smart, etc. Their tandem is growing stronger, and even they know it. Here’s Brown when asked about Tatum and his chemistry:
“I guess we feed off each other,” Brown said. “Kind of different games, kind of opposite, but it makes sense, like Fire and Ice. We just try to come out and be aggressive.”
Jayson Tatum has ice in his veins. Jaylen Brown has a roaring fire in his heart. So Brown’s use of “Fire and Ice” makes sense to me too.