Jayson Tatum’s start to the season draws league recognition
After being named first-team All-NBA last year, the next step for Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum in terms of individual accomplishments is winning an MVP. Being MVP means being the NBA’s best player throughout the season, day-to-day, week-to-week, and month-to-month. For Tatum, he now has one very successful month in the books.
On Monday, the NBA announced Tatum was the Eastern Conference Player of the Month of November (technically this award also includes the final week of October). It was the first Player of the Month award given out by the league this season.
This is Tatum’s third Player of the Month nod of his career. It’s also the second year in a row he’s won the award in November (he also won it in February of 2020).
Through the first 20 games of the season Tatum is averaging 27.6 points per game. That ranks ninth in the NBA and third in the Eastern Conference, behind just Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Tatum is shooting 49.9 percent from the floor and 36.2 percent from three, while grabbing 8.9 rebounds and dishing 4.2 assists per game.
Despite that start, Tatum has the fourth-best odds to win league MVP, at +900 according to DraftKings. He’s behind favorite Nikola Jokic (who won Western Conference Player of the Month), as well as Luka Doncic, and Embiid.
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