Celtics’ Jayson Tatum Named East Player of the Week

Boston Celtics superstar Jayson Tatum has been named the NBA Player of the Week in the Eastern Conference.

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After leading the Boston Celtics to a strong 3-1 start to the 2022-23 NBA season, All-Star forward Jayson Tatum has been named the Player of the Week in the Eastern Conference. The 6-foot-8 combo forward is putting up a tremendous stat line of 32.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game. Most importantly, Tatum is shooting at an incredibly efficient rate, averaging a 55.6% overall clip from the field, including 37.5% from the three-point line (8.0 attempts) and 90.3% from the charity stripe (7.8 free-throw attempts).

Despite their recent loss to the Chicago Bulls, Jayson Tatum has been very consistent thus far. He had a 40-point game against the Orlando Magic and also poured in 35 markers in the team’s season-opener victory over Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers. Tatum’s shot-making has always been exceptional, and his work on the defensive end of the floor shouldn’t go unnoticed. He and Jaylen Brown are the top gunners in this Celtics squad, but there’s no doubt that Tatum is the team’s most complete player.

Tatum, who was selected 3rd overall in the 2017 NBA Draft, has notched three straight All-Star appearances from 2020 to 2022. Since his arrival in Boston in 2017, the team has seen its share of success in the East, highlighted by an NBA Finals stint last season. They did lose to Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, but the Celtics showed that they are a force to reckon with for the years to come. Jayson Tatum and the green-and-white squad have tough challenges to overcome this season, with the Sixers, Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Cleveland Cavaliers also expected to go deep in the playoffs.

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