Bleacher Report put out an article where they predicted who they believe will win the Most Valuable Player award throughout the next five seasons. The list includes superstars such as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, and Joel Embiid. But at the end of the list, Bleacher Report has Jayson Tatum down as winning the MVP award during the 2023-2024 season.
Jayson Tatum just turned 21 back in March, so there’s still so much room for him to grow. Five years down the line when Tatum continues to develop and polish his skills on both ends of the court, there’s a real possibility that his name will be consistently mentioned in the MVP race.
Am I going to sit here and say that Jayson Tatum is better than any of the players that Bleacher Report mentioned above? Absolutely not, but in five years a lot can happen. During Tatum’s rookie year, we all got a glimpse of what he can become. He showed flashes of superstardom in the playoffs and showed us he has the potential to be the best offensive player on a championship team.
Last year he didn’t show that. I won’t talk about last season again because that’s in the past and was an off-year for everybody. But now with Kyrie gone, Tatum is poised to take a huge jump and show us why Bleacher Report believes he’ll be an MVP in five years.
“I’m really looking to take a bigger jump,” said Tatum. “Be more vocal, be more of a leader. Just be a better version of myself.”
Jayson Tatum has all the skills to become a superstar in the NBA, he just needs the chance to showcase those skills and not be held back. We saw what he did in the playoffs as a rookie. Tatum was the top option on offense for a Celtics team that was one win away from making it to the NBA Finals. He needs to be that player again, and with nobody on the team who will hold him back, he can do just that this season.
Jayson Tatum in his first postseason:
2nd in total playoff points for a rookie in NBA history
A future superstar pic.twitter.com/7GAFBxfOYU
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I don’t think it’s too far-fetched to believe Jayson Tatum can compete for the MVP award down the line. He still has plenty of room to grow, but in five years he may be one of the best players in the entire league.
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