Jayson Tatum and Boston Celtics have largely gone under the radar with respect to their NBA title chances this season, but here’s why they could win.
The most successful franchise in the league seem ready to make a deep run into the playoffs. With Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum leading from the front, the Celtics really have the potential to add a 18th title to their cabinet. So lets look at the factors which make them one of the leading favorites to clinch the title?
Reason 1 – Tatum and Walker
When the Celtics let Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier go before the start of this season, everyone seemed to question the Celtics. However, the Celtics added Kemba Walker from Charlotte this season.
The multiple-time All-Star has hit the ground running in Boston. Walker has averaged 21.2 points and a team high 4.9 assists per game this season.
Jayson Tatum scored 41 PTS in three quarters for the @celtics in January!
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— NBA (@NBA) May 17, 2020
Tatum has the potential to reach great heights in his NBA career and he seems to finally convert his potential into consistent performances. The young star averages a team high 23.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game.
The two stars have developed a great chemistry with the team and have built a lethal partnership which bodes well for the Celtics.
Reason 2 – Settled Lineup with great understanding amongst players
The young core of Celtics have performed really well. With Kemba and Tatum leading the way, the rest of the team has ably supported the team resulting in an appreciable 43-21 record this season.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) June 26, 2020
Jaylen Brown is averaging 20.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game this season. Even Marcus Smart has done an appreciable job for the team. The 25-year old averages 13.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and a team leading 1.6 steals per game. Although with Hayward back, Marcus will have to suffice with a place on the bench.
Daniel Theis has played well as the starting center as he splits time with Enes Kanter. Theis has over 50 starts for Boston this season, which is a career-high. Theis has been great in the paint and would be looking to continue his decent run in the playoffs.