The Sudden Rise Of Jayson Tatum: The New King Of Boston (3/7/20)

Tom Brady used to be the king of Boston. But ever since he grew indecisive about whether he wanted to stay with the Patriots in NFL free agency this offseason, the Boston fan base has been looking for someone who will be completely loyal to their city no matter the cost.

They might have found the new heir that they have been looking for — Jayson Tatum, the new king of Boston.

Tatum was selected in the 2017 NBA Draft as the third overall pick by the Boston Celtics. Back in 2017, there was little hype around Tatum going into the draft but the two picks before him, Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball respectively, had all of the hype. Fultz’s hype came from his incredible year at Washington in college and Ball’s hype primarily came from his dad, Lavar Ball — who is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Big Baller Brand. Many fans have wondered how much of Lavar’s extreme character came as a marketing strategy to promote his brand when his son got drafted, rather than just natural hype.

Jayson Tatum was a complete steal in the draft. Playing the way he has been playing now, Tatum would have easily gone #1 in 2017. To really put it into perspective, check out the three players’ stats for this season in the NBA:

1. Fultz: 11.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 5.2 assists a game.

2. Ball: 12.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 7.0 assists a game.

3. Tatum: 23.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 3.0 assists a game.

Tatum has indubitably had a rise in stats. He has been averaging around 32.4 points over the past eight regular-season games that he has played.

The biggest explanation that I have for why Jayson Tatum was fairly quiet earlier on and now is going sicko mode, is because Boston got rid of Kyrie Irving.

In 2017-2019, the Celtics placed a big bet on Irving and Gordon Hayward when they brought both free agents in at the beginning of the 2017-2018 NBA season. Unfortunately, Hayward suffered a scary broken leg injury in their debut game against the Cavs. Throughout that season Kyrie played well, but it was much different not having a big man like LeBron James to lead their team to victory.

In the second season, it was becoming much more apparent that Kyrie might not have been the best fit for the Celtics. And once he left to go to the Nets, Jayson Tatum stepped up as the leader of the franchise.

Tatum is great for Boston because he is providing a bright future that Kyrie could not give: being a young player that is leading, and will continue to lead the team to straight dubs!

Currently, Boston is ranked third in the Eastern Conference with a 42-20 record. They are only two games behind Toronto — who has a 44-18 record. If the Celtics continue to win and catch up to the Raptors by a couple of games, they could be ranked as the second seed going into the playoffs, which would be incredibly beneficial for their Finals chances.