The Celtics began their NBA Summer League season, and the Jaylen Brown-Jayson Tatum combo seamed to shine, big time. In my opinion, and i am sure a few others', Brown and Tatum were amongst the best players on the court. In fact, Brown was easily the best player on the court. This was our first glimpse at the duo of 7-11. I was incredibly pleased.
What this truly proved was that Brown and Tatum can exist on the court together, at the same time. So they were able to put the "They are both 3's and can't play together" narrative to bed. I believe the exact moment was...
...Brown slamming the fast-break dunk with authority (pass from Tatum).
Brown is more of a 3. That is for certain. However, I do believe that Tatum can stretch the 4, just a bit. He is not a clear 4 by any means, but at the end of the day he can hold his own. Offensively, at least.
Now for the ones out there that have been knocking Tatum's athletic ability.. take a look at this...
As far as the Fultz - Tatum battle went. I would say Tatum won the battle. Why? Well, because Fultz was the first overall pick. They actually had fairly even showings, so I feel Tatum won the matchup. He either played up to the number one pick, or the number one pick didn't play like the number one pick should. Either was, Tatum wins the Fultz or Tatum game one debate.
Not to mention he sank the game winner, EXACTLY like a Paul Pierce would.
We all knew Brown was sure to shine. What was up in the air was the 11 part of the 7-11. And in his debut, 11 showed us he is good to go for the season.
This season is 7-11's time to shine. One second year player and one rookie, about to take the league by storm.