Jaylen Brown & Jayson Tatum - "young kids playing like veterans"
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown just don't look like a rookie and second-year guy out there on the floor. They look poised and confident. In this mornings NBA Gametime TV broadcast, analyst Sam Mitchell had this take on the two youngsters:
These young kids are playing like veterans. They are doing a great job of moving without the ball, and when they get the opportunity, they're finishing.
Whether these two players are out on the wings or under the hoop, they seem to know where they are and who is around them. They are well aware of their surroundings, a key to survival generally and a great quality for an NBA player. The Jay-Team seems to get more poised and confident every single game.
After 10 games, Brown is averaging 15.8 PPG on 46.7% from the field and 42.6% from beyond the arc. Tatum has 13.6 PPG on 49.4% from the floor and an amazing 51.7% on threes. Jaylen and Jayson are also grabbing 6.6 and 6.3 RPG, respectively. Those numbers show comfort and poise. When asked by Mitchell about his current minutes and level of play, Jaylen responded, "They (Celtics) made me earn everything I got. It's a little bit better that way". The video of the interview can be found below:
Before the season, I felt strongly that Brown would take significant steps forward in his game, but I honestly did not expect the level that I am seeing. I absolutely had no idea that Tatum would be starting and averaging 31.5 minutes. He certainly does not look like a rookie out there. These two youngsters are going to be ready for the playoffs.
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