The Boston Celtics are still the best team in the Eastern Conference and have a very good chance at returning to the NBA Finals.
That is because they have one of the deepest and most stacked rosters in the league.
And it is also because they have one of the greatest players alive: Jayson Tatum.
Jayson Tatum tonight:
34 Points (22 in second half)
11 Rebounds ( 8 in second half)
Only three 3-pointers away from becoming the youngest player in NBA history to reach 1,000 career 3's. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/wIdEWb4M8o
— CelticsMuse (@CelticsMuse) February 7, 2023
On Monday night, Tatum reminded all fans why he is considered such a phenomenal player.
He scored 34 points (22 of them in the second half of the game), 11 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 block.
Following that big game, he is only three three-pointers away from becoming the youngest player in NBA history to reach 1,000 career threes.
Tatum will obviously cross that threshold, perhaps during the next game.
He has become the best player on the best team in the league.
So far this season, Tatum is putting up 30.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 4.5 assists.
He has made good on the promise of having an MVP-caliber season.
Tatum obviously achieved great things last season when he helped his team reach the Finals.
But they came up short in that championship and Tatum made it clear that he wanted to get even better during the summer to give them a stronger chance at returning in 2022-23.
It is clear that he took that quest very seriously.
The MVP race is incredibly crowded this year with players like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid, and Nikola Jokic playing some of the best basketball of their careers.
But Tatum is definitely also in the running, especially with the number of incredible games he’s had.
Monday night was just the latest in a string of strong showings from the four-time All-Star.NEXT: Celtics Fans Let Kyrie Irving Hear It On Wednesday