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Celtics’ Jayson Tatum Discusses Evolution into Superstar Playmaker



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As the Boston Celtics battle it out with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the NBA Championship, the 2021-2022 season for the Celtics has also been about the evolution of star forward Jayson Tatum into one of the league’s elite playmakers.

Tatum says that first-year head coach Ime Udoka has played a critical role in his development this season.

“I gotta give a lot of credit to coach,” Tatum said, according to ESPN’s Malika Andrews. “Coach Udoka, coming into this year, challenging myself, obviously, to be the best player I can be, as well as the team. Sitting down with me and telling me that, he told me that last year, it should have left a sour taste in my mouth that I didn’t make All-NBA, and that I need to leave no doubt. It’s more than just scoring, it’s being the best two-way player, being a playmaker, making other guys better. He’s challenged me every day from the beginning of the season. I really appreciate that, and I’ve seen what it’s done for myself and the success of the team.”

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.