Boston Celtics superstar Jayson Tatum recently inked a five-year max contract extension, sealing his place as one of the brightest young talents in the NBA today. But Tatum isn’t motivated by the money. His mission is to be one of the best players to ever touch a basketball.
In a conference call with the media, Tatum shared his firm and clear career goal. He’s not putting any limits on what he can achieve.
“Each year I want to improve. I want to get better. I don’t put a ceiling on where I’m trying to get to,” he said Wednesday, via the Celtics. “I want to be one of the best. I want to be one of the best to play this game. I want to be one of the best in the game.”
Tatum’s $195 million max contract extension is a clear sign that he’s the new franchise player of the Celtics. To adjust to his new role, Tatum shared that he added 10 pounds to his frame. For Tatum, this was a necessary step as he expects defenses to collapse on him more often than not next season. The added muscle to go with his length and highly advanced offensive game can add a whole new wrinkle to his repertoire of moves.
Tatum certainly has come a long way. From the prized rookie that formed a critical part in the Celtics 2018 playoff run, to an All-Star and now the team’s franchise guy. Perhaps the best part is that Tatum is just 22-years-old (some would even say, still 19) with the whole world in front of him. People may be in awe of his talent. But the truth is, Tatum hasn’t even scratched the surface of what he’s capable of.