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The NBA is constantly updating their MVP rankings on their website, selecting who they believe would be the MVP if the season were to end at that time. Just recently, Jayson Tatum has been added to that list at the number ten slot. While it may be understandable to have players such as LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard ahead of him due to team success thus far, in terms of value there aren’t many players who should be in front of Tatum.
Brad Stevens has spent the majority of this season experimenting with rotations and trying to figure out what combinations work best. This includes everything from a triple-big lineup, to running with three sub-six-foot point guards on the floor at the same time. Regardless, the Celtics have been running some pretty odd lineups, but one of the most notable has been when Stevens puts Tatum on the floor with a bunch of bench guys. It has been deemed the “Tatum and the rest” lineup by many. Is Tatum good enough to be running in these lineups where his second-best player is often the likes of Javonte Green or Semi Ojeleye? In short – yes.
While Jaylen Brown has been having a spectacular season this year and deserves all the credit in the world for being one of the best guards in the league, the path forward for the Celtics is…