Paul George picks Jayson Tatum as MVP

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In the midst of a hotly contested MVP race, where it seems as though Denver's Nikola Jokic is on track for his third straight win, current LA Clipper and 8x All Star Paul George makes his case for Jayson Tatum to be the frontrunner for the award. Despite the Celtics' inconsistent play after the All Star break, Tatum does still have a chance to become the first Celtic to win MVP since Larry Bird in the 85-86 season. Jayson is 15 games away from being the first Celtic EVER to average over 30 points in a game, with the closest being Bird once again, who averaged 29.9 ppg in the 87-88 season. On top of his scoring dominance, Tatum has been playing some of the best defense of his career, and has absolutely cemented himself as one of the best two-way players in the NBA.

As another of the best two-way wings in the league, it only makes sense that Paul George recognizes Tatums all around dominance on both ends of the floor. Alongside the fact that Tatum made it to the Finals last season, will his historic scoring and great two-way play be enough to stop Nikola Jokic from winning his third straight MVP award? With the season quickly coming to a close, the MVP may be given to the candidate with the best team record. If Tatum wants to win the award, then now is the time for him to lead the Celtics out of their post All Star break funk and into the postseason.