Jayson Tatum has a bright future ahead of him. At 23, he is already one of the most talented scorers in the NBA, and just landed one of the best possible compliments from another person in that group: Kevin Durant.
KD is known is one of the most talented pure scorers that the NBA has ever seen. The rangy forward is also a very strong defender, and a key to the Brooklyn Nets being competitive on that side of the ball.
The Nets handled Tatum’s Boston Celtics in five games, but the former Duke star gave Durant and company all they could handle. He averaged 30.6 points per game, shooting .423/.389/.918 in the series. He scored 50 points in Game 3, the Celtics’ lone win of the series, and 40 in Game 4. He was at 26.4 points per game in the regular season.
“It’s going to be ridiculous,” Durant said on his Boardroom platform, after being told Tatum was still just 23. “He’s a tough shot maker… I hate that we’re in the same conference.”
“He’s that elite level of player already at 23…it was an honor to play against them.”
— Boardroom (@boardroom) June 4, 2021
“‘Cause you know as he starts to get older and that team, you know we’re going to be battling with them year in, year out,” Durant continued. “I’ve been in the league for 13, 14 year and I started to tally mark matchups and series and players that I’ve played against. When I have conversations with my friends I’m like ‘I had series against Kobe (Bryant), LeBron (James), Tim Duncan, the Memphis Grizzlies, like, Jayson Tatum is in that conversation now, because he’s that elite level of player already at 23, and I’m like ‘Alright, I can see where this is going.’
“It was an honor to play against him.”
If we know anything about Kevin Durant, it is that he is passionate about basketball and its history, and puts it above all else. For him to utter Tatum in the same sentence as guys like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Tim Duncan, that is some serious respect.