Jayson Tatum’s play virtually dictates Boston’s chances
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum is easily one of the most exciting young players in the league. He has electrified NBA fans in his one and a half seasons of play, and its clear he is a special talent that will have a long and successful career. This is proven by the fact that the Celtics, a team loaded with talent, essentially win when Tatum plays well.
Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports dug up an interesting statistic that showed how important Tatum is to Boston, explaining:
“It’s not hard to see a correlation between Tatum’s success and that of the team. The Celtics are 23-0 when Tatum is +9 or better in plus/minus, and 29-2 when he’s +6 or better. They are 2-14 when Tatum is in the negative for plus-minus. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise considering Tatum plays the second most minutes on the team (31.2) but it’s still reflective that, if Boston wins his floor time, they put themselves in position to win the game.”
Now, this isn’t mind-blowing considering Tatum is playing a little under three quarters a game for his team. Win those three quarters by nine points, and you have a good shot to win the game.
However, it’s certainly an eye-opener that such a young player has an immense impact on a team that is loaded with veteran talent. Tatum has shown that he plays meaningful minutes and leads his team to important victories at the age of 20.
The Duke product will be a great player for years to come. It’d be a surprise if he isn’t eventually leading a team of his own down the line.