Jayson Tatum Wants To Be On Celtics' «Mount Rushmore»

Published September 7, 2023 at 1:19 PM

Boston Celtics sensation Jayson Tatum opens up about being compared to legends Larry Bird and Bill Russell, holding nothing back.

Becoming a big name in the legendary Boston Celtics family isn't a walk in the park, but Jayson Tatum is well on his way.

At 25, he boasts an impressive resume: four All-Star nods, two All-NBA First Team selections, and an Eastern Conference Finals MVP trophy. Still, there's something he knows he needs to achieve to join the ranks of Celtics icons, as revealed by basketball insider Jeff Goodman.

"I dream of being on the Celtics' Mount Rushmore," Tatum said. "[Larry] Bird, [Bill] Russell, Paul Pierce, and those legends. They're the pioneers. What sets them apart is championships. To be mentioned with them, I've got to climb that mountain."

In Boston, championships reign supreme, and Tatum acknowledges that winning a title is his ticket to standing alongside legends like Paul Pierce and Larry Bird. Despite coming close in recent seasons, including a Finals appearance in 2022 and narrowly missing the title round in 2023, Tatum hasn't achieved that championship glory.

The silver lining is Tatum's youth, a strong supporting cast, and unshakable confidence.

"I aspire to be an all-time great, a champion," he emphasized. "I'm convinced it'll happen."

In the 2022-23 season, Tatum etched his name in the Celtics' history books, becoming the first Celtic to average over 30 points per game in a single season. With his current form and athleticism, there's every reason to expect another outstanding season as the 2023-24 campaign looms.

But beyond personal accolades, Banner No. 18 remains Boston's ultimate goal, and it's clear that Tatum is fully committed to that mission.

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Jayson Tatum Wants To Be On Celtics' «Mount Rushmore»

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