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Celtics’ Jayson Tatum says he’s more comfortable this season

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In his rookie campaign last season, Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum quickly established himself as one of the top young talents to watch moving forward. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft displayed his advanced scoring skills partnered with his size and length.

With injuries to Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, a big chunk of the scoring and playmaking responsibilities were suddenly given to Tatum, and he did not disappoint. He averaged 13.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists during the regular season. He turned it up a notch in the playoffs by averaging 18.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists.

In his sophomore season, the expectations for Tatum are through the roof, but he has had no problems meeting those expectations thus far. He is currently averaging 21.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists for the 2-1 Celtics. Per Chris Grenham of CelticsBlog, Tatum says he is more comfortable heading into this season.

“I’m a lot more comfortable than I would have been last year,” Tatum said. “I think it just gets easier with time and as you play more games and get more relaxed.”

Expect more big performances from Tatum and the Celtics as the regular season continues. The Celtics are the consensus favorite to come out of the Eastern Conference. With Irving and Hayward back healthy, young stars like Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum ready to step up, and the Celtics boasting a slew of capable role players, the team looks capable of contending for another championship.