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The Celtics’ future looks bright with Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum

Can we talk about these young guys for a second?

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Yes, it was against the Knicks.

Yes, we’re only four games into the season.

Yes, you can tack on any number of qualifiers onto this article.

But come on. I can get excited over things like this can’t I?


THAT IS VIDEO EVIDENCE OF JAYSON TATUM DUNKING TIM HARDAWAY INTO THE UPSIDE DOWN! Clearly the rookie is excited for the Stranger Things 2 premiere this Friday. I haven’t been this excited about something brewing in the Garden since my neighbor started planting “carrots” next to his Ludacrisis.

Through four games, the duo of Jaylen Brown and Tatum has been unbelieveable on both sides of the floor. Brown is averaging 18.8 points on 47.6% shooting, 5.8 boards and 1.2 steals while Tatum is averaging 14.4 points, shooting an insane 45.5% from three, 7.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks. They have quickly established themselves as go-to scorers on the offensive end and two of the better players on defensive.

While Brown’s defense might have been a little more expected, it’s been the rookie’s defensive acumen that’s surprised me the most. Hailed as an offensive threat out of college, I’ve been very surprised by Tatum’s ability to contest shots and make plays on the defensive side of the ball. He also has shown a knack, like like his young teammate, to turning those defensive showings into easy offensive points.

Still not sold on the amazingness of these two young bloods? Tuesday against the Knicks, the duo became the first Celtics teammates under the age of 22 to score 20-plus points in the same game. FIRST. EVER. There’s a whole lot of stellar players that have had their careers start with the Celtics and there has never been a more explosive or dynamic young duo. And I can say that for a fact having done exactly no research. Can’t argue with that.

Also, Brown & Tatum sounds like a law firm. Is there something there? I don’t know. Let’s workshop that into an awesome nickname (since 7-11 is sadly dead, pour some out). (Oh wait, Kyrie is 11. That works. Though for whatever reason, doesn’t feel as right. That feels like a nickname the younger brother gives himself and his older bro so he feels more apart of the older kids.)

Brown and Tatum have been lights out to start the season and while maybe it’s just a tad foolhardy to think this level of production will keep up, who’s to say it won’t? Brown’s progression has been amazing to witness and his confidence in his shot is clearly at an all time high. He’ll of course go through rough patches but I wouldn’t be surprised if he finishes as the Celtics third or fourth scorer. Tatum will at some point hit a rookie wall—after all, I don’t think Brad Stevens was expecting to be playing him 34 minutes a game—but the time he’s getting in the starting lineup will do wonders for his development.

Watching Gordon Hayward go down in the first quarter of the first game of the season was tough. It immediately squelched all the excitement and hope and optimism and wild expectations I had heading into this year’s season. I’m not saying all that optimism and expectations are back (just imagine what this team would look like with Hayward [heart eyed emoji]) but I will say the young core of Brown and Tatum has certainly brought back my excitement.

These dude are gonna be goooooood.