Much of the Celtics struggles this season has been attributed to the team’s lack of depth behind stars Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and to a lesser extent Kemba Walker.
But one current NBA player who faced the Celtics recently believes Tatum and Brown are part of the problem, not the solution.
“(Jayson) Tatum & (Jaylen) Brown can’t be your Superstars,” the player told Goodman. “They only do things to help their game. They don’t get anyone else easy shots. All the know how to do is score.”
From a purely statistical standpoint Tatum and Brown have clearly been the Celtics best players. Both are averaging career highs in several offensive categories including points and field goal attempts. The Celtics however are 14-14 on the season despite their stars best efforts.
The player went on to tell Goodman that too much of the load falls on Tatum and Brown which makes the Celtics easier to defend.
“They (Tatum & Brown) don’t turn down tough shots to get a guy an easy shot,” the player said. “So teams are onto them.”
Of course the Celtics have also dealt with injuries. Walker missed time at the beginning of the season rehabbing his knee and Marcus Smart is currently out with a calf tear.