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Why Derek Fisher is wrong saying Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are ”the grown man version” of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George and forward Kawhi Leonard, Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown and forward Jayson Tatum

Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum

Derek Fisher made an interesting comment: Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are ”the grown man version” of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Here is why the former Lakers player is wrong with his take.

Derek Fisher’s comparison

Derek Fisher offered an interesting comparison between the NBA’s biggest superstars today. He likened two L.A. Clippers stars to two Boston Celtics stars.

I think that Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the combination of those two guys - when you think about what the Boston Celtics were able to do with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown as that kind of duo, Kawhi and Paul George are the grown man version of those two guys.

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The former Laker may have considered the way they play and used it as a reason for his comparison. Kawhi and PG13 are two-way players, which Tatum and Brown also are. All of them are athletic wings who can score at will. Building around these players gives any team a fighting shot at reaching the finals. Derek also insisted that the Clippers may be the better L.A. team next season, but fans may not be ready to accept it.

The Clippers will welcome everybody back with the addition of John Wall. On paper, the Clippers have the edge over the Lakers, who failed to add marquee names in the offseason. But here’s why Fisher is wrong in his comparison.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have arrived

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are not grown men versions of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. It’s disrespectful to Brown and Tatum and what they have achieved last season, which Leonard and George have failed to do so far as a duo: carry their team to the finals.

Despite being not older than 25 years old, these two Celtics stars have the potential to make Boston a contender for years to come. Jaylen and Jayson are not cherry-picking games during the regular season, something that The Klaw had been accused of doing under the disguise of load management.

Saying Tatum and Brown are not yet grown men versions might be a bit true, but in a positive way: they still haven’t reached their peak yet. And when that time comes, the Celtics will have surrounded them with a better team for a higher chance of winning an NBA title. 

Their inexperience in the finals showed last year, but it’s different as they play more games together. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown shouldn’t be likened to Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. These Celtics stars have a chance to become even better than these Clippers duo. 

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