Why is it relevant now, with the Celtics dwindling to another .500 season? Well, the mediocre play over the past year and a half has caused desperation to sink in with some of the Celtics fans questioning the way forward with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown leading the team. This led to renewed calls to “trade Brown” or “split the Jays.”
Boston Herald Celtics Reporter Mark Murphy – who joined Adam Kaufman and Evan Valenti on the most recent episode of the Celtics Beat Podcast on CLNS Media – thinking making a move now would be very premature.
“All this experience (these guys played together) it’s invaluable,” Murphy said. “Why would you cut so short now? It just does not make sense.”
As the Celtics have been bad the past two years, it can not all be pinned on Tatum and Brown. Since the start of the 2019-20 season, the Celtics are 81-55 when both stars are on the floor. That number drops to 44-40 since the start of the 2020-’21 season, the year that Brown and Tatum were the clear focal points of the team.
Trading one and possibly trying to find an equal player through the concept is not easy. Of the six All-Stars who have come out of the top-five picks since 2016, two of them are Celtics, Brown and Tatum have both been selected # 3 overall in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
The problem is that building around the Jays has been difficult over the past few seasons as the Celtics see more talent walk out the door than come in. What Murphy believes the team desperately needs is someone to complement Tatum and Brown, not to replace them. .
“You have the potential to bring in a significant number 3 for them,” Murphy told Kaufman and Valenti. “You do not need a top goal scorer. Maybe a big shooting. “
And if you do. If you get the Jays a little help, Murphy believes Tatum and Brown have the best yet to come.
“I think you have to hang up your hat, those two guys going forward together were a longer growth process than anyone, [Danny] Ainge included, imagined. But I think you’re going to see the biggest growth from now on. Jayson Tatum is going to be a top-5 player in this league. And Jaylen Brown maybe top 10, maybe he can get out there. ”