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Notice to Jayson Tatum - team success drives individual awards

 NBA Champion

NBA MVP

NBA All-Star

All-NBA Team

The above-four honors are the main indicators for lasting fame in the NBA. Bill Russell, Dave Cowens and Larry Bird hold a combined 81 awards from the four categories. Notice that of the four honors, only one can be attributed to a team effort, and that is NBA Champ. Take notice, Jayson Tatum!



But even the three individual awards depend somewhat on team success. Making All-NBA often relies on a player being on a team with at least a moderately-good record. For example, Russell Westbrook is having one terrific season, recently breaking Oscar Robertson's record for triple-doubles in a season, but there is some doubt that he will make All-NBA this year because his team, the Wizards, own a 32-38 record.

The Celtics Jayson Tatum has already achieved star status in the League, but to separate himself from the pack and get into serious consideration as future MVP or top-5 status, he needs to grab that leadership role next season and propel his team to a far-better record than was achieved this season.

Former superstars, Jerry West and Oscar Robertson, only have one Title ring apiece. That factor, and the time that has passed (and fate), have forced them to take back seats in the minds of many NBA fans. The 2021-22 NBA season will hopefully see Wyc Grousbeck, Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens and Jayson Tatum rise to the occasion and dutifully fulfill their roles as owner, GM, coach and best player, respectively, and guide their team to a much-more-successful year. It's all about the team!





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