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Celtics coach Brad Stevens anticipates no issues for Jayson Tatum when training camp starts

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Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens anticipates no issues for small forward Jayson Tatum when training camp starts next week.

Tatum sprained his ankle for Team USA during the FIBA World Cup, a tournament the Americans placed seventh in after winning it the past two times:

Last season for the Celtics, Jayson Tatum averaged 15.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting 45.0 percent from the field, 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 85.5 percent from the free-throw line.

With All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Al Horford gone, the Celtics are going to be asking a lot more from Tatum this upcoming season on the offensive end. The talented swingman is ready for a bigger role in Boston and wants to become one of the best forwards in the NBA.

The Celtics decided not to part ways with Tatum or Jaylen Brown this offseason in a potential trade for superstar Anthony Davis. It’s clear Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens love their two youngsters and want to build the Celtics around them.

Tatum could come close to averaging 20.0 points per game in 2019-20. He’s too lethal of a scorer to not take the next step in his development. Tatum already appears to have a good relationship with All-Star point guard Kemba Walker. The two were in Paris before free agency started and played on Team USA together.