Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum is in rare company when it comes to his offensive potential, Draymond Green says.
In the most recent episode of his postgame podcast, “The Draymond Green Show,” the Warriors forward said that Tatum “is like a young version” of Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, who Green played with for three seasons with Golden State.
Now, the main reason Green was speaking so highly of Tatum was because he was making a point to emphasize how good of a job Warriors guard Andrew Wiggins was doing defensively against Tatum throughout the series. According to Green, the only player who really compares to Tatum is Durant.
“The only player that you can come even remotely close to comparing him to in this league is Kevin Durant,” Green said. “And we all know how I feel about Kevin Durant and what I think about him on the offensive end. One of the greatest scorers we’ve ever seen.
“Now, Jayson Tatum is like a young version of that,” Green continued. “Obviously, he doesn’t have all the experience that Kevin Durant has. Kevin is in his 15th or 16th year, J.T. is in his fifth and you’ll continue to see that growth. But nonetheless, who he is right now is absolutely amazing.”
Green said that he got to see Tatum’s growth and potential first-hand when they played together to win a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Green said that all the players in Tokyo new that this version of Team USA was “Kevin’s team.” However, Green said that Durant was setting up Tatum to take ownership of the team as well, “ushering J.T. into it being his team.”
“That is the guy that I had the opportunity to spend the summer with, had an opportunity to win a gold medal with and watch what he’s capable of,” Green said. “He is absolutely amazing.”
Tatum has fallen below expectations so far in the 2022 NBA Finals, notably struggling early in the series before righting the shit. Tatum has been uncharacteristically erratic from the field.
“Am I happy with the shots I’m getting? Yeah,” Tatum said after Game 5. “I just got to make more of them.”
Green has been recording an episode of his podcast after each game of the Finals. His most recent episode came late after the Warriors’ win in Game 5 to give Golden State a 3-2 lead in the series. It’s now win-or-go-home for the Celtics as the series heads into Game 6 Thursday night in Boston.