Over the course of the past month, Jayson Tatum has been putting up big-time numbers for the Boston Celtics. He has averaged 28.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game over his last 10 outings for the C's and has done a lot to back up his All-Star status.
As Tatum continues to improve, it's becoming increasingly clear that he is one of the most talented young players in the league. But there are a couple of questions gnawing at the minds of many NBA fans.
Is Tatum actually a superstar? Or is he merely on the path toward being one and showcasing that upside in this prolonged and productive stretch?
On the latest episode of That 617 Life Podcast, hosts Leroy Irvin and Cerrone Battle took a deep dive into those important questions and offered their thoughts on Tatum.
Battle, for one, was ready to call Tatum a superstar and stated that his performance against LeBron James and the Lakers helped to further put him on the map.
I think Jayson Tatum is getting to that level. I think he's already there. And what it takes too -- he done already lit up Giannis. He lit up Kawhi. And he lit up LeBron James. Who else is he supposed to catch? He got Kawhi, the All-Star game, and LeBron James all in a week and a half. People are seeing it and it's like, this dude he is a superstar. And [being a] superstar, it's not about your game. It's how people perceive you. Are you box office? Do people turn on the TV and say 'What's Tatum doing tonight?' That's a superstar.
And Battle actually went even further and spoke of Tatum's ceiling. He said that the 21-year-old Celtics star could have a chance to develop into a Kevin Durant-type player.
I think the ceiling for him -- I know people are going to kill me for this, but I think the ceiling for him is Kevin Durant. I think he's on that same path. Their style of play is the same.
Battle would go on to say that he believes Durant is the best player in the NBA, so needless to say, comparing Tatum to him is a massive compliment.
For more on Tatum's rise to superstardom and where he ranks among the NBA's best, you can click here to listen and subscribe to That 617 Life Podcast.
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