It was announced earlier this week that Philadelphia 76ers superstar center Joel Embiid had won his first NBA MVP award beating out Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets, who had won the award the last two years.
Although Embiid is the league’s MVP, the 76ers have a tall task ahead to get the best of Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics in the second round of the NBA playoffs.
Despite winning Game 1 with Embiid sitting out due to a knee injury, the Celtics bounced back in Game 2 to even the series.
Ahead of Game 3 on Friday night in Philadelphia, Tatum was asked about the MVP award after finishing fourth in the voting and if it’s a goal to win the regular-season award at some point in his career via CLNS Media Boston Sports Network.
Tatum replied by saying he has another 15 years to win the award.
Tatum is, without a doubt, a rising star in the NBA with a potentially bright future ahead as the leader of this Celtics franchise.
The former No. 3 overall pick in the NBA Draft has proven he was the right choice for the storied franchise as he’s improved from year to year since being selected by Boston in 2017.
Tatum took a giant leap forward last season by leading the Celtics to the NBA Finals alongside Jaylen Brown, even though the team fell short to the Golden State Warriors.
If Tatum can continue playing at a high level while maintaining the Celtics’ status as an elite team in the Eastern Conference, it may only be a matter of time before he’s named NBA MVP.NEXT: Marcus Smart Comments On Winning The NBA Hustle Award