Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens sometimes gets Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum’s names mixed up.
At least that’s what Brown told Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report:
Even Brad Stevens gets @FCHWPO's and @jaytatum0’s names mixed up 😂
Season premiere of “Take It There” with @TaylorRooks
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) February 12, 2020
No matter who is getting the ball between Tatum and Brown, odds are the Celtics are going to score on that possession since both youngsters are having great seasons.
Many believe one of the reasons Brown is flourishing this season is because he got his contract taken care of. Brown signed a rookie-scale extension with the Celtics before the season started, so he’s playing free now and turning into an elite two-way player right before our eyes.
Tatum, meanwhile, has always been a talented scorer. He’s become more efficient as the season has gone along. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is starting to look really smart for not trading Tatum and Brown for some of the superstars who have requested trades over the past few seasons, that’s for sure.
The Celtics have a good shot at winning the Eastern Conference this season. For that to happen, Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Gordon Hayward all have to play at a high-level once the playoffs start.
Tatum, who is heading to his first All-Star game this season, is averaging 22.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists on the season. Brown, meanwhile, is putting up 20.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists.