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10 July 2024
Jayson Tatum Bullish on Celtics' Ability to Challenge Team USA

Jayson Tatum Bullish on Celtics' Ability to Challenge Team USA

Despite participating in the upcoming Olympics for the United States basketball team, Boston Celitcs’ Jayson Tatum argues one team will dominate Team USA at the moment.

 

During an NBA Today program on ESPN, Tatum was asked with an interesting hypothetical question. The challenge put to him was simple but effective: Well, I wondered, if it were that type of game, the 2024 NBA champion Boston Celtics or the 2024 Olympic team for the United States?

 

Tatum, who is famous for his loyalty and desire to compete, did not miss this opportunity either. He backed his Boston Celtics minutely, clearly being assured, with a firm belief in the harmony, caliber and capacity of his NBA team. This stance offers a interesting angle to the further discussions about the ultimate group dynamics and personal loyalties in professional leagues, as well as reflects his loyalty to the Celtics.

 

“I'm riding with the guys I just played 10 months of basketball with,” Tatum said. “I love this team I'm on, this is a hell of a team, some of the best players to ever play, but what I just went through with my teammates in winning a championship, we locked in forever. I'm taking us against whoever.”

 

In a case where Jayson Tatum and Jrue Holiday are both comrades in the Boston Celtics organization, the starting formations are relatively matched.

 

In the starting lineup for the Celtics, Holiday, Jaylen Brown, Tatum, Derrick White, and Porzingis would start the game. This lineup integrates both offense and defense, making the team an unstoppable force to count when on the court.

 

If Team USA were to assemble their starting five right now then the list includes Kevin Durant of Phoenix Suns, LeBron James of Los Angeles Lakers, Joel Embiid of Philadelphia 76ers, Stephen Curry of Golden State Warriors and Anthony Edwards of Minnesota Timberwolves. This all-star team is expected to be rather interesting during the match because it is comprised of experienced players and young talents.

 

Though, greater concentration on defence can be seen in Boston, having more talent and scoring ability in their starters than Team USA. In the defensive side, we have Brown and Tatum who should be part of the switchable defence that has Holiday and White who were recently named to the NBA All-Defensive second team. Based on the analysis above, the 2024 Celtics are indeed the club well positioned to counter the attacks by club USA.

 

Looking at the match-up, Edwards and Curry can be easily guarded by Holiday and White. Brown and Tatum bring a strong defense to the Celtics and should be able to contain any player after their showing during the playoffs. Boston acquires a rim protector that can shoot from the field, block shots, and score from various positions on the court if Porzingis can maintain his fitness level free from injuries.

 

The thing is, the argument of the Celtics weakens significantly when looking at the benches. While Boston has a pretty scary bench by current NBA standards, including Sam Hauser, Al Horford, and Payton Pritchard, it is not as deep as Team USA.

 

The bench for Team USA is brimming with elite-level talent as far as basketball goes. Some examples are Devin Booker of the Suns, who is an excellent shooter, Anthony Davis of the Lakers as a strong forward, and Kawhi Leonard of the Clippers as a defensive tactician. This has made it difficult for the Celtics to challenge the Olympic team since they have such a large pool of talent.

 

It only makes sense that Jayson Tatum stays loyal to the Boston Celtics. They had one of the best championship runs in the history as they lost only three games throughout their amazing postseason run. But this is a very herculean task, especially against the present Team USA, who are regarded as hot favorites to clinch the gold medal in the Olympics scheduled to be held later this year.

 

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