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Jayson Tatum Has A Big Night Against Philly

Former Blue Devil is on the verge of superstardom

Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics - Game Two
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 19: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics celebrates a three point shot against the Philadelphia 76ers during the third quarter in Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 19, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
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Jayson Tatum came out of Duke with a shot at being a real good NBA player but he’s gone beyond that and is on the verge of becoming an elite NBA forward.

Take his playoff game against Philly, the team that traded him to Boston for the right to pick Markell Fultz, for instance.

Tatum had a game Larry Bird would respect, shooting 12-20, 8-12 from thee point range for 33 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Meanwhile, Philly, a team that has been missing a reliable outside shooter since JJ Redick departed, shot just 5-21 overall from three point range and lost 128-101.

Think they’re regretting that trade? Tatum would have given them a superb outside presence.

Philly is in a bit of unhappiness right now. The general sentiment is that Joel Embeed and Ben Simmons don’t work well together, a lot of people don’t think Al Horford was a smart acquisition and of course there is the afore-mentioned outside shooting.

Fair or not, a lot of the anger is being focused on GM Elton Brand. Brand didn’t run the team when the Tatum trade happened but he has been the GM since 2018 and the moves since then are on his watch.

He’s a very smart guy so we hope Philly gives him time to make some moves.

His life would be a lot happier if the 76ers had just taken Tatum first.