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Danny Ainge's wish for a "clear hierarchy" has been achieved

 Several years ago, the Celtics had several players wanting to be "The Guy". Kyrie Irving certainly did. We now know that was not going to happen. Gordon Hayward may have had visions of being the top dog in Boston, bust misfortune and injuries took him out of the running.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were rising stars, and who wouldn't want to be the Alpha of perhaps the greatest pro sports franchise ever? Marcus Smart had the longest tenure in Beantown, and has shown leadership qualities of late, but not so much back then.

Then-head-boss, Danny Ainge openly lamented that he had constructed a team with "no clear hierarchy". Well, after his departure, that goal has been reached. Jayson Tatum has become "The Guy" whose presence and recently-found intelligent play are vital for any legit Title hopes.

But he needs Jaylen Brown next to him, and both need to consistently play at a high level for ultimate success. Analyst Sam Mitchell commented this morning that the Tatum/Brown pairing was similar to the Bulls' Jordan/Pippen duo .Marcus Smart? Don't get me started. The Wolverine seems fine with a secondary or tertiary role on this team, but The Green would not be on it's current surge without him.

It can now be argued that the Tatum/Brown/Smart trio is the best in the NBA right now
. But Jayson Tatum has added savvy play to his athleticism and diverse skill sets to rise to the top of the mountain. Looking back, it now seems that it was inevitable.


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