By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
With another impressive performance Wednesday night in Utah Jayson Tatum, continues to inch closer and closer to NBA superstardom. While many fans and pundits seem surprised by the breakout second half, the man who drafted the 21-year-old Tatum is not among them.
"So first of all, I mean, Jayson is so young and we've seen signs of this," Celtics general manager Danny Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich Thursday morning. "We saw signs in his rookie year in playoff basketball. We've seen signs of stardom."
Ainge credited Tatum's ability in the iso game as the standout element of this run.
"He's making his three-point shots and creating his three-point shots, which is a whole new element. He's not like getting wide open shots being created by other people. That's very impressive. And he's doing a much better job of finishing around the rim."
Finally, Ainge pointed out a shift in the team's dynamic has aided him this season, mentioning "Last year was a little bit of a unique year in that there was just not the same opportunities that he's had this year, the same freedom."
Last year was 'a bit unique'? He didn't have 'the same freedom'? What changed for the Celtics over the offseason that may be allowing players more freedom?
Oh that's right.
It's probably much easier to work on your step-back when you're not being barraged with questions about the government or the shape of the earth.
You can listen to Toucher & Rich's full conversation with Danny Ainge here: