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Jayson Tatum top-3 as most-valued commodity in the NBA

 I apologize for labeling Jayson Tatum as a "commodity", but the NBA is in the business of buying, selling and trading their players in order to improve themselves. Here's my view. The boxes to be checked to determine a franchise player include age (young, hopefully), skills, durability, leadership. and savvy. In short, who would you build your team around?


Jayson recently turned 23 and probably won't reach his peak for another four or five years. His skills are undeniable. He no longer has any significant weaknesses. He rarely is out of action for very long due to injuries, and he often takes over games now - while getting his comrades involved. Brian Scalabrine once told me that Tatum has his head on straight, and I agree. He had added craftiness to his game, and it shows.

So, who else might possibly be a better choice around which to construct an NBA team for the future. I'll throw out the names of Luka Doncic and Nikola Jokic, who ironically happen to be two white Europeans who are not supremely athletic. Jayson has their smarts and skills -  AND possesses the superior athleticism to augment his value.

Danny Ainge thought he may have a franchise player in Kyrie Irving. Lack of durability and leadership derailed that idea. How about Al Horford? His age took him out of the running. And frailty prevented Gordon Hayward from reaching any status as franchise player with Boston. It is all a moot point anyway since the trio all decided to depart Beantown.

So here is your chance, my readers. What players do you pick as the most-valued commodities in the League? 


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