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Boston Celtics: Why You Should Be All In About Jayson Tatum

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The Celtics drafted the new future this summer, and his name is Jayson Tatum.

Here’s what you need to know: This kid rocks, and you should love him.

The Celtics and Danny Ainge made a very big power move on Draft Day, moving the number one overall lottery pick for another first round pick in either 2018 or ’19 and the third overall pick in the draft. With all the hype surrounding former Washington guard Markelle Fultz, he was expected to be a shoe in as the future of the Boston Celtics. Instead, Ainge worked his magic and was able to move a few spots back and get a player who may be even better than Fultz – Jayson Tatum. Oh, and there’s another first round pick on the way in the deal as well.

Tatum, a powerhouse forward for Duke University, shined in his Summer League minutes – posting three 20+ point games over the first five. During one of those games, he even hit a game winning shot. His shot selection has been sometimes questionable, but when it’s questioned it more often than not is a made shot. In short, this kid is money.

His mid-post game is also very impressive – showing that he can hit a step-back jump shot as good as the rest of the league. If anything, it is his signature move, something he showed a great deal of success with at Duke.

It’s not just one time shots, he’s really good at this..

It’s no secret he can show success in the mid-post, and it was actually a major focus on  his scouting report when Draft Day came. A team that had its own struggles at the forward position (here’s looking at you, Amir Johnson), Tatum is a major improvement offensively.

We’ve seen that Tatum is already a step up on offense compared to Johnson and now Miami Heat big-man Kelly Olynyk, it’s integrating him with Isaiah and Gordon Hayward that’ll be the key to success – the only point of work for Tatum being three point shooting and crashing the board while on offense. Working on those two areas and creating that chemistry on offense will make the Celtics a dangerous force in the East, and can once again give Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers a run for their money. Yes, he is young and has yet to play a minute of professional ball but we may be looking at a potential rookie of the year here. He can be that good on offense.

On the other end, we Defensively we see the departure of Avery Bradley, and while he was a major point on defense and offense it will be interesting to see how Tatum can develop into an immediate key role on both ends of the court. At 6’8″ he’s already one of the taller players on the team, and showed his dominance with his size at Duke but in the professional level his size is league standard.

Because of this, he is a transition forward that will be dominated by true big men. He isn’t a super athletic forward, which could pose as a downside to him on the defensive end. Despite this, he is young and (maybe) still growing. There are very few occurrences where a player can come into the league and be an immediate force on both ends, and with time Tatum will polish and round his defensive skills to become a very respectable defensive player. This is what you should look forward to going forward.

Come opening night, all the eyes of New England will be focused on Jayson Tatum, not Gordon Hayward. A player that has drawn early comparisons to Carmelo Anthony and Rudy Gay can be huge for a franchise that has been on the rise recently. Who knows, me might even be the next Paul Pierce – we just have to hop on board and see for ourselves.

 

 

Tyler is currently covering the Celtics for the upcoming season, as well as providing coverage for the MLB on occasion. He has written for The Georgetowner Newspaper in Washington, DC as well as providing work for the Red Sox on Fansided. He is fan of Hayley Williams, Seinfeld, and cold beer. You can keep up with Tyler on @TheTylerHetu. Thank you for reading.

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Kyrie Irving Wants To Win Without LeBron James

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Newly minted Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving had a public fallout with LeBron James. This fallout caused Irving to request a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers and ended up getting him to Boston.

In his first media appearance as a Celtic, he took to ESPN’s First Take to tackle a number of issues including LeBron James. In regards to James, Irving doesn’t care about the future hall of famers feelings and didn’t even tell him he wanted out of “Believeland”.

Smith: “Did you speak to LeBron James or talk to LeBron James before you or your representatives met with ownership to let them know that you wanted out?”

Irving: “No.”

Smith: “Why not?”

Irving: “Why would I have to?”

Smith: “If you don’t speak to someone about it, they might take it personally.”

Irving: “Yeah.”

Smith: “Do you care about that at all?”

Irving: “No.”

When Irving requested out of Cleveland the Cavs handled the situation poorly and leaked the request to members of the media. For that, Irving was even more at ends with them.

“I felt like the timing was impeccable if you ask me,” Irving explained. “I think how ironic it was that I was on my China trip and how my trade rumors all of a sudden just came out publicly. And it was hurtful because I knew how professional I had kept it throughout the whole entire process, and how strategic it was. Because I knew it was going to be madness, and it turned out to be like that. And when you’re living in a reality-based (world) and I’m a very awake individual and you have all these exterior forces trying to change or skew everyone else’s opinion, and I’m not able to say anything, and I’m sitting back and being very, very patient, it became something that I didn’t understand because of the amount of moments that we had together as a team. .. It was hurtful to see that a lot of the reports, and a lot of things that were happening, there was minimal truth to it.”

When it came down to it though, the culture and environment surrounding Cleveland was a driving factor in making him want out. Part of it admittedly was likely the departure of former GM David Griffen and James’s controlling factor.

“When you think about the journey, and you also put things into perspective for what they really are, it’s a truthful environment. And I wasn’t getting that (in Cleveland). And that’s where it really stands,” he explained.

Despite being considered one of the favorites in the Eastern Conference this season Irving understands a lot of work will need to be put into making the Celtics compete.

“That’s the kind of difficult question that will be asked throughout the entire season until we form our identity,” Irving said when asked about expectations. “Only four guys from last year’s team are returning. It’s totally a new journey. I have high expectations and we share that as a group.”

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Isaiah Thomas Only a Ploy in Trade with Cavs

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Isaiah Thomas Only a Ploy in Trade with Cavs

We’ve been bamboozled (to quote Burgermeister Meisterburger). Yes, the nerve-racking Celtics-Cavaliers trade is finally done! You can now exhale. But when we dig through the convoluted pile of permutations and appraisals of this deal, doesn’t it all seem highly questionable? Come on, this thing was announced a week before it was completed, a bonafide Woj-bomb. Why the delay? I’ll tell you. There is one person who is responsible for all this controversy, albeit through inadvertence. That man would be none other than “the little guy” Isaiah Thomas.

That’s right, the undisputed fan-favorite and beloved underdog: Isaiah Thomas. Bless his heart; we all know that he’s done a great deal of good for the Celtics. Surely, we’re grateful for the fearless pony-up player he has been for us.

Since last Wednesday, the Celtics and the Cavaliers have been in a gridlocked game of tug-of-war. Thomas has undoubtedly played the threadbare rope, in the middle of all this. Through no fault of his own, he was misrepresented as the centerpiece of the C’s offer for Kyrie Irving. Maybe cockeyed “homer” fans accept this fallacy to be true. But make no mistake, both organizations knew Thomas’ true value the entire time. He is nothing more than a damaged fringe-superstar whose purpose is to be parlayed into draft picks.

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Trade For Irving Now Complete

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Trade For Irving Now Complete, Celtics And Cavs Can Move On

In the least shocking news of the year, the trade between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers is now complete.

After Cleveland extorted the Celtics for extra compensation in the deal the Celtics conceded and sent the Cavs its 2020 second round pick it acquired via the Miami Heat.

Now that the deal is complete the official structure of the trade is as follows.

Celtics Recieve:

Cavs Recieve

Cleveland received extra compensation because they believed that the Boston Celtics were not fully transparent about the health of Isaiah Thomas throughout the process.

Even if that is true, the health of Thomas’s hip has been highly publicized and occurred during a series in which Cleveland was playing in.

Boston, on the other hand, believes they were completely straight forward with Cleveland and that the Thomas status was widely known by everyone in the league. But with the Celtics bent over on the barrel, the Cavs were in the unique position to extort Danny Ainge and company for extra compensation.

It is, of course, worth noting that Thomas isn’t expected to be ready to play day 1. Even he has acknowledged that.

“There’s never been an indication that I wouldn’t be back, and there’s never been an indication that this is something messing up my career,” Thomas told ESPN on Tuesday. “Maybe I am not going to be back as soon this season as everyone wants me to be, but I’m going to be back, and I’m going to be the same player again. No doctor has told me anything different than that.”

With the deal now complete, Boston will look to fill the roster spot that has been created by the trade. Candidates for that include Tony Allen and Andrew Bogut.

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