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Jayson Tatum as point guard no longer seems improbable

 Three years ago, I broached the idea of Brad Stevens giving Jayson Tatum more time at the point guard spot - and took some heat from readers. The title of the piece was:

Putting Tatum at the Point Sporadically Could Fast-Forward MVP Contention


Now, prior to the 2023-24 NBA season, it appears that the 6'8" combo forward will play more than "sporadically" at the "one" spot.

Jayson's name should be in contention this season for MVP, but his assist numbers would need to take at least a small leap. Logging more time at the point would also help to propel him into the oncourt leader of The Green. . Derrick White seems to have the hold as starting point guard - and Malcolm Brogdon (should he remain in Boston) might be expected to  cover that position when Derrick sits. 

But expect to see Joe Mazzulla experiment a lot more with Tatum bringing the ball up. All of a sudden, that prospect may no longer seem as improbable as it appeared in 2020

 

 

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

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

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