Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum wants to help his team win the 2018/19 National Basketball Association (NBA) championship.
The 20-year-old is currently in Los Angeles, USA working out before training camp begins in September, 2018.
Tatum opened up in a wide-ranging interview with Boston.com. He said he is not concerned about forthcoming decisions regarding playing time, expressing the utmost faith in Celtics coach Brad Stevens to do what’s right for the team.
The talented player will be competing with Gordon Hayward for a place in the team during the upcoming season which set to start in October 2018.
“Everybody has a job to do. Our job is to be the best versions of ourselves and come together for a bigger goal, which is winning a championship,” he said.
“Brad’s job is to manage playing time and manage all sorts of stuff. That’s why he’s the coach. We got a bunch of selfless guys on the team that just want to win. We’ll figure it out.”
Tatum stated that it does not matter to him whether he starts or comes off the bench.
“I understand how deep our team is,” he said. “I just care about winning and doing what I can while I’m on the floor.”
According to the NBA website, after being selected No. 3 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft, Tatum went on to average 13.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game while posting the league's eighth-best mark from 3-point range (43.4 percent).
He upped his production in the absence of Celtics team-mates (Kyrie) Irving and Hayward, averaging 18.5 points per contest during the playoffs.
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