The Boston Celtics have made significant roster adjustments to fortify their lineup, transforming into a formidable force in the NBA. With stars like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown already on board, the team has bolstered its arsenal, boasting six players who could easily be starters.
In a recent interview, Derrick White, one of the contenders for a starting spot, playfully hinted at Tatum's potential bench role. White humorously remarked, "We all understand that there’s only five of us. I voted JT (Jayson Tatum) to come off the bench, but it’s all good.
At the end of the day, we just want to win, and we know what the end goal is. And we’re all bought in."
Tatum's Playful Response
Tatum, known for his incredible talent, took White's banter in stride and responded with a touch of wit on social media, stating, "Told them 1 game this season I'm coming off the bench." Tatum's confidence is well-founded, given his stellar performance last season.
The 25-year-old sensation averaged a career-high 30.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game over 74 regular-season matchups. As the Celtics embarked on their regular season journey, the addition of Kristaps Porzingis has injected excitement and optimism into the team.
Facing off against the New York Knicks in their season opener, Porzingis showcased his prowess with an impressive stat line of 30 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks. Tatum couldn't be happier about the new addition and its impact on the team's dynamics.
Speaking about Porzingis, Tatum praised his versatility, saying, "He just makes us that much more dynamic, obviously, with his size, ability to shoot, make plays off the dribble. When they double me late, make the right play, find an open man.
Obviously, he can shoot from wherever. I mean, he’s really good. He’s really, really good. We’re lucky to have him." With the Celtics gearing up for their first regular season game at home on October 27, anticipation is building.
Their opponent, the reigning NBA Eastern Conference champions, the Miami Heat, will undoubtedly provide a stern test, having previously bested the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. As the Celtics combine star power with depth, NBA fans eagerly await a thrilling season ahead, wondering if Jayson Tatum will indeed take White's suggestion and come off the bench in one of the games.