Is it too early to talk about an NBA MVP? I do not think so. We’re basically a quarter of the way into the season. It’s still early, but it’s not He Soon. For example, we know that the Cleveland Cavaliers made a dynamite decision in moving everyone to Donovan Mitchell. We’ve seen enough to say this with confidence. If you thought Michelle has been the early season MVP, I won’t argue with you. I agreed with you a week ago.
Fair minds also argue for the league’s leading scorer Luca Doncic, or Giannis Antetokounmpo, the only player to average at least 25-10-5, or Stephen Curry, who may have been the best player of all time this season. can do. But the number of warriors is less than .500. A month from now, as Golden State ramps up its rotation and at least hemorrhages bench points at a frightening rate, Curry will be my pick in the MVP lead.
Ja Morant deserves some noise.
But for me now Jason Tatum has taken pole position. That’s just too much. In a span of 24 hours, Tatum blitzed Denver and Detroit to 77 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists on back-to-backs – the latter of which he had to go for 43 and 10 boards in a win against the Pistons. Saturday. He did this from everywhere on the court.
With those seven 3-pointers on Saturday, Tatum overtook Stephen Curry to make the most threes in the month of November (28). True, he’s jacked a lot more of them (76 to Curry’s 48), but that’s a good thing. Tatum continues to sharpen his shot charts. He entered Saturday’s game with 73 percent of his shots from outside the arc or from inside four feet. According to Cleaning the Glass, this is the highest rim/3 frequency of his career.
Tatum is also approaching the free-throw line at a career-high rate. After 10 more tries on Saturday, he can get up to nine free gifts in a game. When this sharp shooter is accumulating such volume three, at the free-throw line and rim (where he’s finishing at a nearly 80-percent clip, another career high), you’re venturing into unstoppable territory. Starting off – which is exactly what, who now leads the league in aggregate points better than 50 percent off the floor, is late.
Look at the numbers in their entirety.
Tatum has brushed off every single concern in his game. Trouble finishing? not anymore. Having trouble reaching the free-throw line? not anymore. Settling for a lot of midrange jumpers? not anymore. Limited as a playwright? not anymore. Tatum has complete control over his game and the field. He is patient, yet aggressive, notably stronger and more assertive in passing on the momentum and passing contact to finish coast-to-coast. As the defense naturally moves to his side of the court, he will outlive you. He did so against Detroit on a handful of assets. He has every defense on a string right now, and he’s playing them all to an MVP-level tune.
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