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"Jayson Tatum should be a leading candidate for MVP" — Stephen A. Smith backs Jayson Tatum to be considered for the MVP title

Tatum's been flying under the MVP radar so far, and Stephen A. Smith has had enough.
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum

Jayson Tatum

Jayson Tatum has been the star of the Boston Celtics roster since joining the team in 2017. Coming out of one of the best basketball programs in the country, he became a star when he joined the Celtics from Duke. Tatum's pedigree and talent were unquestionable, as he was a product of coach K's teachings.

Tatum has come out all guns blazing since the start of the current season, which has led the Celtics to have the best record in the Eastern Conference. His five-year - $163 million contract ties him down to the Celtics till at least 2026, and this player is brimming with confidence and aspires to take Celtics all the way this season, especially after missing the chance to win it all in the previous season.

The Nurtured Prodigy

Tatum is averaging a healthy 30.4 points in the current season and is in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year. He is a complete SF who works tirelessly on both ends of the court. It is only natural that he receives all the praise and admiration from the fans and pundits of the game.

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Tatum dominated the stat line against the Mavericks in Boston's most recent win by scoring 37 points and raking in 13 rebounds. This led Stephen A, who was in awe of Jayson's performance to proclaim: 

Tatum has long been argued as one of the best youngsters who is transitioning well into a star player in the big league, and the Celtics' last year NBA Finals run is a testament to his caliber and playing virtues.

The fans were in full voice to support his star man, and rightly so since he has been the paramount figure for the Celtics unit alongside Brown and Smart.

Striking a balance and building a partnership

It's a fact that, individually, Tatum is simply sublime, but without a good team spirit and striking meaningful connections with your teammate, it isn't easy to achieve the kind of stats that Jayson does. Time and again, Tatum has linked with Jaylen Brown, and vice versa and the duo has led the basketball world to ponder that they are the most dynamic duo in the league.

The powerhouse duo looks to be on a mission to complete what they couldn't in the previous season, and it's not just about them having a good scoring percentage. It almost looks like both of them are trying to be the leaders for the Celtics organization and boost each other's gameplays on the court. Add Marcus Smart to this fray, who has a dogged mentality, and the Celtics could be looking at another shot at the title, with JT becoming one of the prime candidates for the MVP award.

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