Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum: Rising Superstars

The Rising Stars game was a hit. It was the perfect display of shooting and athleticism from both sides, and offered a glimpse of the future.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Jaylen Brown #7 of the U.S. Team drives to the basket against Joel Embiid #21 of the World Team during the 2018 Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Game at Staples Center on February 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The 2018 Rising Stars game was absolutely awesome. Team World was flushed with size and shooting. They were knocking down everything, and Bogdan Bogdanovic introduced himself to the world. Team World blew out the USA without too much trouble. Joel Embiid, Jamal Murray and Ben Simmons were just a couple of the players wreaking havoc on Team USA.

So, about Team USA… What they somewhat lacked in shooting and size, they made up for with unreal athleticism. Donovan Mitchell, John Collins, Dennis Smith Jr.

They also had Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

Last night proved that the Boston Celtics have not only two great, young players, but two players that are breaking into the star mold faster than expected.

Tatum had his moments last night. He got to show off the stroke, his handles and finesse. The rookie had 15 points and four boards and never looked phased by the limelight. He often tried to take the defender in front of him to school, which is a great sign. Tatum simply looked smooth, which should make every Celtics fan excited for the future. Wanna see some smoothness?

Look how excited he was after he saw the shot go in. Tatum is just a kid on the big stage. Unlike other kids though, Tatum can do some real stuff. Check this out.

That is so smooth. Tatum made like five million Boston fans smile ear-to-ear in six seconds. He has every move in the book and each one will only improve with time. Notice how you haven’t heard people talking about Tatum’s ceiling lately? That’s because no one knows where the hell it is.

To cap off the night, Tatum decided to show some bounce.

That is just gross. The kid got to play last night, and he showed the world (literally) what to expect for the next fifteen years.

If Tatum was really good, Jaylen Brown was filthy.

35 points.

10 rebounds.

A metric truckload of highlights.

If you’re a Celtics fan, read this quote. I promise you’ll love it.

Oh. My. God.

He’s a worker, and he says all the right things. I simply love having this dude on my team. Jaylen is always working; trying to get better and become a star. Last night, Jaylen made sure the world knew exactly who he was.

Remember last year when we were talking about Brown’s handles and how they needed a lot of improvement? Well, turns out he did what he said and worked on them.

If you didn’t watch that at least four and a half times, just close the tab now. Did he lose the ball a tiny bit? Yeah, but the reaction and play itself speaks wonders. He steps back and puts it on Dillon Brooks’ jaw. Jaylen is learning new moves pretty damn fast, and don’t forget he’s a worker.

Wanna see the most casual offhand between-the-legs dunk ever?

That’s a freaking athlete if I’ve ever seen one. So if one is cool, two is icy.

Why in God’s name is this man not in the dunk contest? He’s a physical freak. Say what you want, but I firmly believe he’s the closest combination of size, athleticism and tools at his age since LeBron James. LeBron is a top-two player all-time, so I’m not saying he will be nearly as good. I just haven’t seen a 21-year-old with a ton of skills built like that in a long time.

Brown is a fascinating player because he combines all this basketball excitement with real world smarts. He loves to read. He is brilliant. Brown recently defended LeBron after the whole “shut up and dribble” fiasco. Jaylen is hosting a convention this weekend that 200 players signed up for. This man could seriously enter politics one day. It has to make Boston feel great knowing they have two surreal basketball players that double-down as great dudes in general.

This game was just so exciting. It really made me wonder what the future of basketball looks like. It looks green, and I hope it stays that way. Brown and Tatum are trending in the perfect direction, and their futures are looking pretty damn good.

For the rest of Jaylen’s highlights from his monster night, watch this.

Go Celtics.

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Jayson Tatum talks about playing with Kyrie Irving.

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Jaylen Brown breaking down the late first half struggles.

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