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Jayson Tatum has officially arrived as a superstar

Young Boston Celtics talent Jayson Tatum was always projected to be someone with special abilities that would translate to the NBA, but during the Kyrie Irving era of flat Earth and galaxy-brain thinking, there appeared to be some regressing.

One would think, with their third-eye of course (hey, Kyrie!), maybe Tatum was closer to the guy who struggled to play alongside a legitimate superstar than the dude who excelled before Conspiracy Theory Kryie donned the green and white.

Well… everyone who thought that was wrong. Maybe it can all be blamed on Irving; a pseudointellectual who pretends as if every thought he conjures from whatever the hell is resting inside his cranium is something the human population most take seriously. Yet, it doesn’t really matter — not when Jayson Tatum is balling his brains out in 2020.

Following a bonkers 39-point performance on Thursday evening, our neighborhood friendly hero is averaging 22.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest. Furthermore, he’s hitting 38 percent of his shot attempts from beyond the arc.

The dude is a walking-bucket.

Over the last five games, he’s been ever better, scoring over 25 points in all contests save for one, going for over 30 three times.

“But other dudes put up gaudy counting-stats, too,” says a wayward fan who cares not for the Jayson Tatum love.

Here’s the dilly. Few players who are averaging over 20 points per game have the kind of supporting cast Tatum does. He has numerous teammates who — in their own right, in varying ways — can get buckets. Tatum might be the lone dude on the Celtics who can truly, at an elite level, create for himself, but it’s not like he’s surrounded by a bunch of scrubs and is simply getting numbers because someone has to.

He’s legit. Like MC Hammer in his prime; he’s too legit too quit.

Wait… what is this blog post about again? Oh yeah, that’s correct. The fact that Jayson Tatum is a legitimate NBA superstar.

Not just a star. Not merely a budding superstar. At the time of this writing, as you’re reading it, we can officially put the label of superstar on the wing.

And while it’s a bit of a running joke among Celtics haters, the fact that Tatum is only 21 should scare the living hell out of other teams in the Eastern Conference. While age isn’t an inherent sign of future growth, at 21, Tatum clearly has time for his body to physically mature, his brain to gain some more basketball-IQ, and for his overall game to evolve as he gets more reps at the highest level of basketball.

It might not be widely accepted this season, or until he announces himself as such during a playoff series, but make no bones about it: Jayson Tatum is both a superstar and one of the future faces of the entire league.

All he had to do was wait for a YouTube loving, never accountable for his own actions elitist to get up out of Boston.