Open Thread: Jayson Tatum joins an elite group with his NBA Finals stats

Open Thread: Jayson Tatum joins an elite group with his NBA Finals stats
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The Finals were rough, but Tatum pulled through still shining

First off, I have to say this is a wonderful snapshot of a championship celebration.

2024 NBA Finals - Dallas Mavericks v Boston Celtics
Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

The Celtics won their 18th title and Jaylen Brown was named Finals MVP. I believe the tally was 7-4 in favor of Brown over Jayson Tatum.

A tweet by Jim Miloch asks a fair question- did the voters get it right?

While Tatum’s stat line is better than Browns, pundits generally agreed that Brown came out swinging while Tatum was not his best in each game. Brown made himself MVP worthy at more intervals and when his team needed hime the most.

But as the NBA pointed, out, “Jayson Tatum is the 6th player since 1980 to win a title while leading their team in PTS, REB, and AST in the Playoffs!”

The other six to do it:

Larry Bird in 1984 and 1986, Hakeen Olajuwon in 1994, Tim Duncan in 2003, LeBron James in 2012, 2013, and 2016, and Nikola Jokic in 2023.

I’d like to point out that in the graphic they chose for the post, Tatum, Bird, and Duncan are in a state of celebration, The Dream and The King are in a contemplative stance, and Jokic is complaining to the refs. I don’t know why, but his body language when refuting a call makes me laugh out loud.

So did the pundits get it right?

In your eyes, who was most deserving of the Finals MVP award this year?

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