Former Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes, had high praise for his former teammate Jayson Tatum. In his two seasons with the Boston Celtics, Baynes saw firsthand the superstar potential that Tatum brought with him to NBA.
The Boston Celtics have four players on Team USA. Three of whom are former teammates of Aron Baynes; Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum. The fourth being new Celtic point guard, Kemba Walker.
Baynes, being a member of the Australian Team, was able to match up against Team USA and hand them their first loss in thirteen years. On the other hand, Baynes has yet to play against his ex-teammates. Leading up to the game, Baynes had this to say about his former teammate, Jayson Tatum:
“Definitely, he’s ready to reach superstar status. He’s so talented, even from the first day I played with him when he was a rookie in his first preseason, you could see how talented he was offensively. And he also wants to work on the defensive end, which isn’t common in the NBA. Some guys live on that offensive talent, but he wants to develop his all-round game.”
Looking in from the outside, everyone can see the type of player Tatum is and what he could become in the NBA. However, Baynes being in the NBA for a handful of years, and winning a championship with the San Antonio Spurs, has more validity to his claim than most. Baynes also had this to say, per Niall Seewang of ESPN:
“He’s [Tatum] still in his rookie contract and he’s looking to prove himself over the next couple of years. He definitely has the tools to do it.”
Jayson Tatum on going up against Australia this week: "I played with Aron Baynes for two years with the Celtics, and he is one of my favorite guys to play with, favorite people. So, I’m excited to play against him for a change."
— John Karalis 🇬🇷 (@RedsArmy_John) August 19, 2019
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