The Boston Celtics ticked off an incredible accomplishment for the core they have been growing over the last 5 years this season after they reached the NBA Finals. While they were beaten by the experienced Golden State Warriors, the Celtics have proven that their core is progressing in the right direction.
Despite this progression, the Celtics are looking to change up their roster with a possible move for Kevin Durant that will see the team lose Jaylen Brown. Brown has emerged as the secondary superstar in Boston behind Jayson Tatum, and the 2 have formed one of the best wing partnerships in the league.
Even with their success, Lakers legend Derek Fisher doesn't believe Tatum and Brown are on the level of a duo like Paul George and Kawhi Leonard on the Clippers. Fisher referred to PG and Kawhi as the 'grown man version' of the Celtics duo.
"I think that Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the combination of those two guys - when you think about what the Boston Celtics were able to do with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown as that kind of duo, Kawhi and Paul George are the grown man version of those two guys." (h/t Joey Linn - SI)
This could just be a comment on the ages of the respective duos, as Kawhi and PG are far more experienced players. Tatum and Brown are still young stars in the league, while PG and Kawhi have established their status in the league. Brown and Tatum have made an NBA Finals as a duo, whereas Kawhi and PG are still waiting for their moment in the sun.
Kawhi is the only one of these players to win a championship, though he did it twice before he joined the Clippers. With the skill-sets that both wing pairings bring to the table, a comparison was obvious. However, Brown and Tatum may grow even more if their partnership isn't broken up in a move for Kevin Durant.