The 26.9 points, 8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists a game speak for themselves.
Meanwhile, the All-Star selection and Eastern Conference MVP trophy also show just how great a player he is.
In the end, Tatum and his Celts weren’t able to overtake the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, which definitely ended the season on something of a bad note but it was still a very impressive run.
"I played with somewhat of a fracture for two months" 🤯
Jayson Tatum opens up about playing through an undisclosed injury during the playoffs in live interview with Taylor Rooks in B/R app pic.twitter.com/kt7xZCV36W
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 21, 2022
It’s made even more impressive when you realize that Tatum was playing through a rather serious injury.
Sitting down with Taylor Rooks, Tatum explained that he wasn’t 100% his regular self during the playoffs.
“I played with somewhat of a fracture for two months,” Tatum said.
Some people suspected that Tatum was hurt and they thought that was impacting his ability – turns out they were right.
Tatum’s output during the playoffs dipped from his regular season output, but only by a little bit.
He was still producing 25.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 6.2 assists but he didn’t seem to be performing with the same command of his body and speed and accuracy.
Some people thought that was just the nerves of playing in the postseason and the Finals but perhaps his injury had something to do with it.
This is actually good news for fans of the Celtics because it means that the Tatum they saw in the playoffs wasn’t the real Tatum.
Therefore, he should be even better in the new season and Boston’s chances of returning to the Finals – and winning – are even stronger.
If Tatum makes a full recovery, he will be one of the best players in the NBA yet again.