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Celtics star Jayson Tatum gets 100% real on ‘best teammate ever’ … and it’s not Jaylen Brown

Celtics, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford

Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum gave the ultimate praise to Al Horford on Saturday, calling him the “best teammate” he has ever had.

It’s not like Jaylen Brown will have a problem with that comment as well, even though he and Tatum practically grew and developed together as the dynamic duo of the Celtics. What Horford has done to help Boston and guide them early in their career is certainly worthy of recognition.

“Al is the best teammate ever, just a consummate professional,” Tatum said of Horford ahead of Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center, per Gary Washburn of Boston Globe.

It’s easy to see where Jayson Tatum is coming from. Al Horford has been a major key to their success over the years, and as he has proven in the 2022 playoffs, he has a ton left in his tank.

When Tatum arrived in 2017, Horford was already in Boston, fresh from helping the team reach the East Finals. They did so again in 2017-18, albeit falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time.

This time around Boston has finally gotten over that hump, and they have Horford to thank for that as well.

The 36-year-old Horford had his way in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, scoring a team-high 26 points to help the Celtics erase a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit and win 120-108. If the Beantown team wants to win, it is clear they need Horford to keep playing like he did the last time out.