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Putting Tatum at the point sporadically could fast-forward MVP contention


I'm not talking full-time duties for Jayson Tatum as Celtics point guard. Brad Stevens seems to favor mid-sized lineups, so an occasional view of Jayson at the PG slot could pay dividends for both player and team.

Tatum may already be in the conversation for MVP as early as this season if he takes a bit of a leap. He has already honed his passing skills which were evident in the post-season (5.0 APG). Getting time at the point could improve his ball-handling and facilitation skills even further.

Many NBA analysts are almost giddy about Boston's mix of young stars and their versatility. Having a 6'8" point guard as a weapon in his arsenal should further coach Brad Stevens' wish for an all-wing lineup. 

Taking this a bit further, Tatum has the potential to be a 5-position player. He lives and breathes basketball and works on his craft endlessly. Being able to man the PG, SG, SF, PF and C positions should be on his to-do list. This young man is so versatile, don't dismiss the idea. Down the road, a lineup of Marcus Smart and Aaron Nesmith in the back court - Jaylen Brown and Grant Williams in the front court - and Tatum at the center spot to finish games might just work. 

Come on Brad, loosen up substitution patterns early in the season. Give Jayson a shot at point guard for short periods. You know you eventually want that all-wing lineup.

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  1. Brad did just that during our playoff run in Tatum’s rookie season. It worked remarkably well. Tatum has gotten better at every aspect of the game since then.

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