Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are the Boston Celtics' promising young wing duo, and there's certainly a lot to like from both of them. They're both capable scorers, with Jaylen Brown putting up 24.7 PPG last season, and Jayson Tatum averaging 26.4 PPG. They are also capable defenders who have length and athleticism. The future seems bright in Boston.
Among NBA media, there's often talk about "Batman and Robin" when it comes to star duos. Those terms are generally euphemisms for the No. 1 and No. 2 offensive options on the team. For example, the Milwaukee Bucks were certainly talked about in those terms during their run to the Finals, with analyst Kendrick Perkins notably calling Khris Middleton "Batman", and Giannis Antetokounmpo "Robin", implying Khris Middleton was the true No. 1 option on the team.
While the media likes to use those terms in regard to a lot of duos, Jaylen Brown doesn't think that is necessary. When speaking about himself playing with Jayson Tatum, Brown pushed back on the idea that "there has to be a Batman and a Robin", and stated that he and Tatum "are just two guys who can hoop".
I think the media likes to dichotomize things and put one thing against the other. Like there has to be a Batman and a Robin - we're just two guys who can hoop. The reality is two guys that can hoop can coexist. The media wants to sometimes write the story that pulls us apart. But we talk a lot. We won't let it bother us.
We hear a lot of things, the comparisons, etc. But at the end of the day, I want the best for him and he want the best for me. Regardless of what everyone is saying - that we can't coexist and don't play well together or whatever. I enjoy playing with Jayson, I really do. He's a guy I trust out there to make plays. I know he trusts me out there as well.
Sometimes it's not always easy to find - we started our careers together, we won a lot of games here in Boston together at an early age, which is rare and sometimes fascinating to me to see such an urgency to pitch us against each other at time.
I could care less about what you read and see. It doesn't really bother me none. I just try to come out and be the best version of myself. I want the best for my teammates, and I want the best myself as well, so, we just take that one day at a time.
It seems as though Jaylen Brown views the Celtics' star duo as two guys who can just play basketball, and feels as though the pair can coexist. There is no question that the two can work together and play winning basketball. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown managed to reach the Eastern Conference Finals together in 2018 and 2020, and as they develop and improve, they could get even further. It definitely seems as though two young All-Stars will eventually be able to figure things out.
Next season should be a big one for the Boston Celtics, and they've made some solid additions to the roster around their young stars. They have acquired veterans such as Al Horford and Dennis Schroder during the offseason, and it looks as they're looking to make a deep playoff push. The Celtics look like a deep team going into the 2021-22 season, and with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown on the squad, they have a chance to make some noise in the Eastern Conference.