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Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown & Jayson Tatum all rank in the top-50 in fast break points for 2018-19. Could they challenge the Warrior’s Run-TMC for fast-break fame?

Some of my very best subject matter comes from my readers. After viewing David Anthopoulos’ comment below, I did some research and found some stats that support what he had proposed. With Kemba Walker at the helm, we may just see more fast-breaking this season.

David AnthopoulosJuly 31, 2019 at 9:51 PM

I believe that Kemba runs and leads the fast break more than Irving does, as Irving seems to like to rely on his sometimes unstoppable (though not against Milwaukee) moves in the half court. Throw in those intangibles like sportsmanship, character, and playing virtually every game in a season (unlike divas such as James, Davis, and Irving), and for me anyway the scales tip in Kemba’s favor. I’ve seen analysis that says Walker just might bring out the best in the athletic Brown, who is at his best when running.

For the 2018-19 season, the Celtics had three players in the top-50 for fast break points. Jaylen Brown was tops for Boston, ranked 27th in FBPS with 3.0/game. He was closely followed by Walker, ranked 29th at 2.9/game and Jayson Tatum ranked 37th at 2.6 fast break points per game.

Jaylen’s fast-break highlights are all over the place. He just loves to get out and run. Ditto for Tatum. The Warriors had their own famous fast-break trio starting in the 1989-90 season, known as Run-TMC – a play on the name of a hip hop group. The threesome of Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin ran, scored and played within the team system. As an aside, the Celtics missed out on Hardaway when they bypassed him at #13 in the 1989 NBA draft (he was taken at #14) for Michael Smith, a 6’10” forward who couldn’t get his shot off at the NBA level.

My thanks to David Antholpoulos for stimulating my thought process. If this trio of Kemba, Jaylen and Jayson meld into an effective fast-breaking threesome, they would need a name. Run-TMC came from the first letters of the first names of the Warriors version (Tim, Mitch,Chris). It’s still the off-season, so if there are ideas on a moniker, let us know.

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Tom Lane August 1, 2019 at 12:08 pm

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I’d say their shooting percentage has to improve to be considered with the likes of Run TMC….but are they close…. possibly

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Mitch Richmond is my pick for most underrated player if all-time

Tom Lane August 1, 2019 at 1:02 pm

21.9 or more ppg for 10 straight seasons. Reggie Miller by comparison was able to do that 4 straight seasons. Paul Pierce did it 6 times total no more than 4 consecutive
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And look at his percentages (career). 46 % FG, 39% 3’s, 85% FT. He was versatile & efficient. Great combo.

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More fast breaks, and fewer mid-range shots, should lead to better accuracy – hopefully – much like your “possibly” – lol.
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Of course if they take short range shots it’d go up but Run TMC were deadly from outside, plus those are three HOFs imo too, but I pray that JT, JB and Kemba can be HOFs

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