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Jayson Tatum Update

Boston’s rising young star has exactly the right attitude.

Phoenix Suns v Boston Celtics
 ORLANDO, FL - JULY 26: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket against the Phoenix Suns on July 26, 2020 in Orlando, Florida at Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports. 
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When Jayson Tatum was at Duke, we fell into the trap a lot of people fall into when considering a basketball player’s future: is he athletic enough for the NBA?

We never thought he wouldn’t be successful; we just didn’t think he would become as good as he has.

Clearly, Boston had a better understanding of his future because after a mild sophomore slump, Tatum has become a true star and is still improving - and rapidly.

You might think that he feels he’s arrived but wisely, he understands that now there are new challenges: “I think the better you get, the more respect that people give you, it brings more challenges.”

That attitude - shared by teammate Kemba Walker, among others - is going to keep the Celtics in the hunt for NBA championships for as long as Tatum is in town. He’s a tremendous piece to build around.