Most would say that it is fairly obvious that Jayson Tatum is the Celtics best player, but too many nights it doesn’t seem that way.
With a talent as great as Tatum it should be abundantly clear that he is their best player, but some games it seems as though Kemba Walker or Jaylen Brown is their best player.
I wrote an article on why I believe the Celtics should either get rid of Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown. Read that article here:
Why Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown Will Never Win a Championship
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown need their own team. I believe as long as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are on the same…
This season the Celtics have underperformed, as they are currently under .500 with a 21–23 record and sit as the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.
The fact that the Celtics don’t have a definitive number one seems to be the primary reason as to why they aren’t winning as they should.
They are lucky to be playing in the Eastern Conference because if they were to play in the West they would be buried in a heartbeat.
I think the Celtics are trying to run a free flowing offense. While doing so, they are trying to make Tatum the focal point of the offense as long as it happens naturally. Instead they should be making a conservative effort to try to feed him the ball.
This season Tatum is averaging about 20 shots per game, and Brown is averaging about 19 shots per game.
Brown is averaging 24.7 points per game, while Tatum is averaging 24.8 points per game.
Ask anyone who knows basketball and they’ll tell you that Tatum is better, some will tell you that he is a lot better. Looking at just these numbers though, who could tell?
To win championships, you NEED a definitive number one.
There needs to be a discussion within the Celtics organization to speak about their roles.
Their roles need to be well defined. If a discussion is held that lets the team know that they will go as far as Tatum will take them, I think everything else will fall into place.
In a recent game against the Milwaukee Bucks, it was a close game with about three minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Celtics were losing and at that point in time you figured that the team would look to their best player to lead them.
Marcus Smart took too many difficult shots, which isn’t his forte. On top of that Walker took too many contested forced shots that weren’t needed.
Watching Walker play leads me to believe that he feels as though he has to prove his worth, like he wants to show everyone how good he actually is.
It looks like at times he is trying to be that number one guy, when it couldn’t be any clearer that he isn’t.
In crunch time Brown’s number was being called a lot more than Tatum’s.
I don’t know if it’s a particular coaching strategy by Brad Stevens, or certain players believe that they’re better than they actually are that is leading to this sort of playing style.
One thing is for sure is that it is not working.
Gordon Hayward received so much ridicule when he played for the Celtics. In his first year as the Charlotte Hornets number one offensive option he is averaging the 2nd highest point per game total of his career, and has the Hornets currently sitting at the 4th seed.
The Celtics have a great one-two punch. The problem is that their two punch wants to be the one punch.
I understand that Walker has missed his fair share of games, as he’s missed about 20 games on the season.
Much like the problem with Hayward, it is hard to seamlessly fit right back into place after missing so many games and maintain that team chemistry.
This has been a great obstacle for the Celtics over these past couple of seasons, with many big name players constantly in and out of the lineup due to injury.
It is very hard to keep your team on track when the players that you need to play aren’t available.
With that being said, many of you know I’m not from the school of excuses.
Superstars elevate their teams, they find a way to get it done.
Someone on the coaching staff or in the locker room has to step up and say what needs to be said because there is no way that the Celtics with 2 stars on their team should be treading water in the Eastern Conference.
THE EASTERN CONFERENCE!!!
You play in the JV Conference and expect sympathy?? With 2 stars on your roster??
With Brown off the team, it would force Tatum to take that necessary massive leap that he needs to become a superstar.
The Celtics will always be a good or average team until Tatum takes that leap. Until he does their ceiling is an Eastern Conference Finals appearance, if everything goes right.
Outside of not having a definitive number one, the Celtics just seem to be playing a bit more lethargic and with a lack of urgency.
Now this may be due to the Eastern Conference syndrome, where they think that things are going to turn themselves around because of the lack of competition.
The Celtics seem uninspired and unmotivated.
Mark my words, the Celtics will continually disappoint until they have that well-defined superstar. They won’t have that well-defined superstar unless Jaylen Brown leaves.