Based on a source from John Zannis and the Bob Ryan & Jeff Goodman Podcast of CLNS Media Network, Boston Celtics wings Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown contribute to the team’s issues. This was said by an undisclosed player, who recently played against the Celtics.
“Tatum and Brown can’t be your superstars,” the anonymous player said. “They only do things to help their game. They don’t get anyone else easy shots. All they know how to do is score. They don’t turn down tough shots to get a guy an easy shot. So teams are onto them.”
The stats don’t agree with this statement as both Celtics All-Stars increased their assist numbers this season. Of course, numbers need to be taken into context. Not every assist is made equally. Some are the result of precise ball movement and get players actively involved while others just happen because a player was double-teamed and had nowhere to go.
Tatum and Brown are not the designated playmakers of the squad, but with Celtics point guards Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart missing significant amounts of time due to injuries it has looked like that occasionally.
The Celtics currently have a 15-17 record, which places them in the ninth spot in the Eastern Conference. They have dropped their last three games. Head coach Brad Stevens will have to figure something out soon to get the C’s working again. The team may be buyers at the trade deadline, possibly at the center position with general manager Danny Ainge ready at the wings to fleece someone.