The Boston Celtics have one of the brightest young stars in the league in Jayson Tatum.
But as good as he is, he’s left some to be desired in the playoffs throughout the course of his career, and that includes the first three quarters of Game 6 vs. the Philadelphia 76ers.
Tatum took over in the final 12 minutes of the game to secure the win for his team and force Game 7 back at home, and he was feeling pretty good about himself after the game.
That’s why he didn’t hesitate to refer to himself as one of the best players on the planet, and he’s right on point.
"Humbly, I'm one of the best basketball players in the world.”
– Jayson Tatum. 🗣️
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) May 12, 2023
Tatum has been posting MVP-caliber numbers for three years straight now, and he’s improving in most aspects of his game still.
He’s a better defender than people give him credit for, and his ball-handling and playmaking have gotten slightly better as well.
There’s no denying that the Celtics are doing the right thing by building around him and his talents, and he’s still quite young despite being in the league for quite a while now.
His skills have never been put into question, and the only thing truly holding him back from being considered a superstar is his lack of consistency at this time in the season.
The Celtics are lucky enough to have an elite 1B option in Jaylen Brown, but they would be borderline unstoppable if they had fourth-quarter Tatum on the court as well in every game of the playoffs.NEXT: Celtics Player Defends Joe Mazzulla After Game 6 Win