The 2021-22 Boston Celtics will look drastically different from the team that we saw eliminated by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2021 NBA Postseason. There have been ample changes made to everything on-court in Boston.
Brad Stevens, who was the head coach for eight seasons, moved to the front office. He will be taking over for Danny Ainge, who stepped as general manager. Ime Udoka will be taking over as head coach, and the roster will look drastically different.
Josh Richardson, Dennis Schroder, Al Horford, Enes Kanter, Bruno Fernando, and Juancho Hernangomez were added to the roster. Kemba Walker, Evan Fournier, Tristan Thompson, and Carsen Edwards were all on the move.
With so many new faces, there will be an adjustment period needed in Boston for everyone. But, that adjustment will be much easier when you have young All-Stars in place with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
The Celtics have one of the best young duos in the NBA to build this roster up around. They are a great foundation to have, and Tatum has cemented himself as the organization’s centerpiece.
When trade rumors perked up this offseason about potential All-Stars being on the move, Brown, not Tatum, mentioned in those talks. While Boston would assuredly like to keep both, it is Tatum whom they are likely to deem as untouchable.
The former Duke product has seen his production increase each season he has been in the NBA. Last season it culminated in a career-high 26.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. He added 1.2 steals and 0.5 blocks in 35.8 minutes per game.
There was immense pressure on Tatum and Brown to carry the offense for Boston last season. Tatum saw a drop in production as he had to adjust to how he played after dealing with COVID-19. He adjusted well, and it resulted in his second All-Star team nomination.
Tatum has developed his playmaking skills to go with his strong scoring instincts. As a point-forward, the Celtics offense opened up even more. But, with some of the additions made to the team this season, Tatum will hopefully have some of that pressure to do everything on offense taken off his shoulders.
He will still produce at a high level, as his points per game average will go up one more time. He will average 28 points per game this season, finishing in the top-five of the league. He will chip in 7.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, as the team will not rely heavily on him to initiate the offense.
All in all, Jayson Tatum will make his third consecutive All-Star game and continue showcasing why he is one of the better young forwards in the NBA.
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