Jayson Tatum on track to be a GOAT
Boston Celtics shooting guard Marcus Smart believes the sky is the limit for small forward Jayson Tatum.
During a conference call with Celtics reporters on Tuesday, Smart said Tatum is on his way to becoming one of the greatest players in NBA history.
Marcus Smart on Jayson Tatum: “I think that he’s on the right track to becoming if not the best player, one of the best players to ever [play] this game.”
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 7, 2020
Before the season was suspended in March, Tatum was averaging 23.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists for the Celtics, who are in third place in the Eastern Conference standings. The former Duke Blue Devil was also shooting 44.8 percent from the floor, 39.8 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Tatum made his first All-Star team in 2019-20. He has established himself as one of the best scorers in the game, but Smart is confident the youngster is only scratching the surface of his potential.
Once the “bubble” games start on July 30 at Walt Disney World, the Celtics will play the Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies and Washington Wizards in their eight seeding games. Boston will ultimately go as far as Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown can lead the franchise in the 2020 playoffs.
Whenever the 2020 offseason period begins, the Celtics are expected to sign Tatum to a lucrative max contract extension. Boston fans count their blessings every day that Tatum is on their favorite basketball team. He has the skills and work ethic to achieve the goals that Smart has laid out for him.