Celtics’ Jayson Tatum sends message to NBA championship skeptics
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Celtics’ Jayson Tatum sends message to NBA championship skeptics

Jayson Tatum has made numerous statements against those who doubted the Boston Celtics throughout his tenure. After he and the rest of Jaylen Brown’s team dispelled those claims by winning the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks, greener pastures were prepared for him, like joining Team USA for the Olympic Games in Paris. Before he took on the challenge of playing internationally alongside Jrue Holiday, he had one final and harsh message for those doubters.

Jayson Tatum helped the Celtics destroy the rest of the league by winning the NBA Finals in five games. If that wasn’t enough, he also led the team in points, rebounds, and assists. That propelled them to the pinnacle of immortality. The final nail in the coffin was when Brad Stevens and the rest of the management trusted him to stay with the franchise. As a result, he received an extension through 2030, which is estimated to be worth around $314 million.

Jayson Tatum responds

June 21, 2024; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics player Jayson Tatum (0) holds the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy during the 2024 NBA Championship Parade in Boston. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports
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Despite all that, and being named to the U.S. Olympic team, the Celtics star still receives plenty of venom. Some said he was hijacked by Jaylen Brown. Others said he didn’t deserve the contract he was given at all.

He finally addressed all of those issues in his latest statement, delivered while arriving at Team USA’s pre-Olympic training camp, per Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe.

“I think there’s still a lot of things they can discuss, but I’ve done some things they can’t discuss. I’ve won a championship. I’ve done it at the highest level. So having that behind me, of course there’s still conversations to have or whatever people want to say. But they always have to refer to me as an NBA champion,” Tatum said.

How did he do in the Celtics system?

It’s safe to say that Tatum was a cornerstone in the team’s rebuild. He was instrumental alongside Jaylen Brown, Brad Stevens and Al Horford. He accomplished a lot in his first seven years with the Celtics. Some of them are even accolades that the greatest players of all time have achieved. His accolades include a five-time All-Star, a four-time All-NBA selection and Most Valuable Player in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Not to mention, Tatum has put in the work to become one of the most versatile players in league history. He’s averaged 23 points per game since his rookie year. What made that even more impressive? He’s shooting an astonishing 46 percent from all three levels of scoring. The Celtics have also benefited from his improved playmaking skills. It gave him 4.9 assists last season, which raised his career average to 3.5.

Defensively, Tatum has been a solid clearer, averaging 7.2 rebounds. His uncanny knack for knowing when to block passing lanes has also earned him a steal per game. There’s not much more Tatum can do to prove he’s one of the Celtics’ best. Hopefully, he can win the Olympics with Team USA to cap off what looks like one of the best careers in basketball.