- Dec 13, 2006
I never understood this idea, even as a hot take talking point. As you point out, the on-court success is there. And their games mesh perfectly. Jaylen Brown is a play finisher, not a play initiator. He needs a primary superstar to take the defenses' attention in order for him to do what he does. Jaylen might not know that, but it doesn't change the fact that it's true. Jayson Tatum is that guy - he has the body type, the handle, the athleticism, everything he needs to be a primary scorer. And they're both really good off the ball, so they're a threat to score when the other guy has the ball. Jaylen in particular has made himself into a really good cutter, and they're both good spot up shooters. Defensively, they both do different things well. Jaylen is best as an on-ball guy, while Tatum is a great help defender and rim protector when he needs to be.Listening to WEEI yesterday (why, I don't know) and they were talking about how JB and JT are incompatible with each other, which is why JB will be gone after this year. I don't know if JB will be gone, but the idea that they're incompatible? Makes no sense.
They've been together since the 2017-18 season.
They've gone to the ECF three times. They've gone to the NBA Finals once. No, they've never won a championship together. But we keep talking about, with regard to Tatum, that even the greats like LeBron, Curry, Giannis, and Jordan didn't win until age 26 or 27, and Tatum is still younger than that.
But Brown is also just 26 right now, younger than LeBron, Curry, and Jordan were when they won their first titles. It feels like he's a grizzled NBA veteran, but he's not. There's no reason why these two can't work well together now or moving forward. Everyone knows you need more than one great player to win it all.
They're, like, exactly how you would draw up two wings that you would want to play together on the same team. There's nothing that one guy doesn't get to do because of the presence of the other one that he should be doing on the basketball court. The entire offense is geared around them, so they both get to shoot as much as they want. They're a much better fit than, say, LeBron and Wade were. Or Durant and Westbrook. Even Steph and Klay, as great as they are/were, some of Klay's off-the-bounce game was shelved because Steph rightly had the ball so much. The entire argument mystifies me.