It just seems perfect that Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum won the first Larry Bird Eastern Conference Finals MVP trophy. From a Celtic legend to a player who is on his way there, Bird would be so proud.
Naturally, Tatum himself was ecstatic about the win. After all, he could only dream about leading the Celtics to the NBA Finals before, and now here they are just four wins away from the NBA title.
As for his new trophy, Tatum already has big plans for it. First off, he wants to show it off to his son Deuce when he gets back to Boston.
“It feels great. I'm just extremely happy and grateful. For all of us. I still feel like a kid living out my dream…But I'm gonna take it home, show Deuce tomorrow, enjoy it,” Tatum shared, per NBA insider Keith Smith.
Jayson Tatum certainly deserves the honor. While there were games that he did not play to his usual standards, his production was what kept the Celtics up throughout the series.
In Game 7 alone, he banked 26 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to lead the Celtics to a 100-96 victory. Overall throughout the series, he averaged 25.0 points per game on top of 8.3 boards and 5.6 dimes while shooting 46.0 percent from the field.
Now, the Celtics will hope that Tatum maintains the same play or improve it come the NBA Finals. Besides, this time, he'll be facing his fellow Conference Finals MVP Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, who are just hungrier than ever after missing the postseason in the last two years.