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It's Jay Time


 

For years, Celtics fans have been saying "Horford, Hayward and Kyrie are the stop gap until the Jays are ready", "Kemba and Hayward are the stop gap", "Kemba is the stop gap", etc. It was a a foregone conclusion that Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were the future of the Celtics, it was just a question of when they would be ready to have the torch passed to them.

After reaching the Eastern Conference Finals 3 of the last 4 seasons, the Celtics looked like they had their weakest roster in years going into this season (check out my last article about that here). With Kemba Walker out to start the season and Hayward off to Charlotte, it was no longer a question of "are the Jays ready?", it was "the Jays better be ready or this team is going to struggle". With the most pressure to perform that they've ever had, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have started the year with an absolute bang.

Brown is averaging 26.3/6.2/3.5 on 54/42/77 shooting splits, and was arguably robbed of a player of a week award last week. Tatum is averaging 26.9/7.1/3.8 on 47/44/89 shooting split, flirting with the 50/40/90 club early in the season. Both have had 40 point games already, with JB setting a new career high at 42. And the offense output is only half of the story. Both guys continue to impress with their ability to play both sides of the ball, looking elite on the defensive end.

If you're like me, you've been asking "how can these guys impress more than they already have?" And yet, this morning I wake up to the following tweet.

That is some pretty elite company to be in. We've seen some pretty incredible duos across the NBA in the last 20 years, so to see that the Jays are having scoring output only matched by Kobe and Shaq and Steph and KD is pretty amazing. We're insanely lucky to have the opportunity to watch these guys for years to come.


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