“Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics need a real point guard to become a legitimate contender again!”: ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith on Celtics’ much-needed fix to build a championship squad
ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith explains why the Celtics can’t rely on Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum alone
The Boston Celtics are currently 10th seed in the Eastern Conference. Out of the 13 games they have played so far, they have only managed to win 6. For a team that has made it to the Eastern Conference finals 3 times in 5 years, the Celtics are in big trouble.
Despite a duo consisting of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, no one considers them a legitimate contender. However, Stephan A. Smith believes that the solution to this problem is a general prosecutor’s office.
On ESPN’s NBA countdown, Stephan A said âThey need a real playmaker. Not a playmaker like a Kemba Walker or Kyrie Irving. I’m talking about one for general.
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“The shortage of generals on the ground harms Jayson Tatum and co”: Stephen A Smith
After Rajon Rondo, the Celtics have not yet played any general on the ground. They had leaders like Isaiah Thomas, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker and now Dennis Schroder in the years after Rondo.
But never a leader who can execute the offense, throw the right passes and create open shots. As a duo, Brown and Tatum have good numbers.
Jaylen Brown is averaging 25.6 pts over the 8 games he has played so far. While Jayson Tatum is averaging 23.5 pts this season. Since there is no suitable playmaker, most of the time they had to generate shots on their own which resulted in harder shots.
Now the problem with Stephen A’s solution is that there aren’t enough guys in the league who can do this job. Given that today’s NBA demands scoring early pointers, the art of running on the court has been somewhat underestimated. According to Stephan A’s hypothesis, only players like Chris Paul, Ricky Rubio and Lonzo Ball fit into the job description. Of these 3, only Ricky Rubio seems possible.
Ben Simmons may also be an option, but the Celtics must trade one among the duo to get it. Either way, the options for the Celtics are limited here.