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NBA | Feb 21

Jayson Tatum Thinks He Is the Best Player in the NBA, He’s Way Off

In a Recent Interview With Malika Andrews, the Celtics Star Said He Truly Believes He’s the Best in the League

Jayson Tatum the Best Player in the NBA? No F*cking Way
Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics/Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

Best Player in the NBA? Nah-Uh!

The only people who could honestly say they think Tatum is the best player in the NBA are him and his mom…

Look, I think it’s really important to be confident as an athlete. You’re telling me Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan didn’t think they were the best players on the basketball court every night? However, sometimes these players get ahead of themselves.

Yes, we’re talking about a certain Jayson Tatum. When asked in a recent interview by Malika Andrews who the best player in the NBA is right now, Tatum made NBA news by saying “Myself.”

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Now, Tatum is probably a top-10 player in the league and is consistently in the MVP mix. However, there’s no way he can be considered the best player in the NBA by anybody outside of Boston. He’s never won NBA MVP and has been to the NBA Finals once and lost.

Jayson Tatum’s stats are typically great. He’s averaged over 26 points a game for four straight seasons and the Boston Celtics standings are the best in the NBA right now. Despite that, he’s likely not even a top-five player in the NBA.


Nikola Jokic deserves the top spot. He could win his third MVP this year and won a championship last season. That’s far more than what Tatum has accomplished. I’d take Giannis Antetokounmpo over him easily considering he has two MVPs and a championship.

Even players who don’t have MVPs or championships like Luka Doncic and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander could argue that they’re better. That’s not to mention reigning MVP Joel Embiid, who is hurt right now. That isn’t to say that Tatum isn’t very good. An underrated fact about him is his durability and he’s played in over 70 NBA games in back-to-back seasons.


There’s nothing wrong with Tatum being confident in himself but the only people who could honestly say they think Tatum is the best player in the NBA are him and his mom. A championship would go a long way for Tatum. The fact that he hasn’t been able to get over the hump is a big reason why he can’t be considered atop the power rankings of players.

I personally don’t think a player can be considered the best player in the NBA unless they’ve won a championship or they are so otherworldly good but stuck on a bad team like LeBron James in his early years. The Celtics have been stacked for much of Tatum’s career so he has no excuse not to have multiple rings at this point. Until he gets one, he can’t even be in the conversation.

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