Jayson Tatum reveals he feels he is one of the best basketball players in the world but adds he definitely has space to further improve his game. Last season, Tatum led the Boston Celtics to the NBA Finals and he was named to the All-Star Game and earned the All-NBA First Team nod.
“(I learned) that I’m 24 and one of the best players in the world and that I will compete against whoever and take on that challenge,” Tatum told The Athletic. “In that same breath, I feel like there’s so much I could be better at, and I think that’s the exciting part.
That I’m at where I’m at, where there’s so much more I can be, so much more I can learn and so many more experiences to go through”.
Tatum defended by Celtics president after the NBA Finals
Celtics star duo Tatum and Jaylen Brown didn't enjoy a particularly impressive NBA Finals display.
When Celtics President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens was asked about it, he noted that the team has had several deep playoff runs with those two on the team. Also, Stevens noted that both Tatum and Brown are still under 25 and that it's impressive what they have accomplished so far.
"The way I try to look at it is, obviously, we're all subjective in every moment and react emotionally, but when you start looking at it objectively and more so historically, what Jayson and Jaylen have done in the playoffs, historically at their ages, is rarified air," Stevens said.
"I think we're very cognizant of the fact that even though Jayson would admittedly not have played his best series, there's no chance we're there without him and without all of his great play all the way through.
I think back to all of the times - Game 6 in Milwaukee was one of the best games I've seen an individual play in my time, certainly in person and with the Celtics. Without that performance, we would have had this discussion a month and a half ago."
Last month, The Athletic reported that the Celtics offered Brown to the Brooklyn Nets for Kevin Durant. When Brown was the news, he tweeted, "SMH" - shaking my head. When Tatum was asked about the rumored trade proposal, he said he was happy with the current team and has nothing against continuing with Brown.