Former Boston Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau has continued to follow the team after departing from the franchise to make stops in Chicago and Minnesota. In his pre-game interview with the media prior to Minnesota’s game vs. Boston, the stern coach expressed his admiration with the young Celtics’ wing duo of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.
“What Tatum’s doing as a rookie is very, very impressive,” said Thibodeau. “And the jump Jaylen has made is a credit to him. Obviously, he’s put a lot of work in. I think the way the rosters built and the versatility of their wings make them special.”
Both Brown and Tatum have been viewed as the future of Boston with their impressive production so early in their career, and the possibility of what they could become in the near future. With Brown possibly becoming an elite two-way player to go alongside Tatum’s potential as a go-to scorer.
“When Kyrie, obviously the grabs a lot of headlines,” said Thibodeau, “and rightfully so. He’s an elite player. It gets a lot of the attention and sometimes you overlook the other parts of the equation. I think picking up Morris, picking up Baynes, the development of Jaylen and of course the contributions Tatum has made. Their an elite defensive team and when you look at scoring margin, it made a huge jump.”
On a team with all eyes on Irving, the role players have stepped up and have standout performances thus far this season showing why they’re here. From Morris’s performance against Houston; Baynes vs. Detroit and the Lakers; Brown vs. the Warriors; and Tatum against Atlanta. All of the players on the roster have played a role at least once this season, showing that they belong.
It’s why the team has been able to push forward with a 31-10 record.