Celtics’ Duo Join Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Steph Curry & Kevin Durant In Unique Scoring Record

Published 01/09/2021, 8:01 AM CST
Lakers Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal sit on the bench with foul trouble against the Timberwolves in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals at Staples Center Monday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


The Boston Celtics seem to have secured the future of the team with Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. The pair seem to be taking another leap into superstar territory, solidifying Boston with a genuine duo. While many assumed Kemba Walker would slot in and make that formidable duo with Jayson Tatum, his injuries have allowed Brown to shine.

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Brown is just 24 years old, while Tatum is 22. They are incredibly young and have a bright future together. They are already putting up historic numbers that have them mentioned in the same breath as LA Lakers legends: Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, and Steph Curry and Kevin Durant from the Golden State Warriors.

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250 points each in the first 10 games is very impressive. The fact that only two duos prior to them have done this also goes to show how potent these two are by themselves. The Celtics have a very bright future, and these two are the main reason behind that hope.

Are the Celtics building a championship roster?

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The Boston Celtics have become perennial title contenders. They have appeared in 3 out of the last 4 Eastern Conference Finals. However, they lost each time, including last season, where they fell to the Miami Heat in the bubble. This team can do more damage, and these two are proving that the ceiling may be high.

Dec 23, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) celebrates with guard Jaylen Brown (7) after scoring against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

However, the success that they may just be coming now. The Celtics have a 7-3 record to start the season, and Kemba is yet to re-join the team. While his return may affect the production of Brown and Tatum, they need his ball distribution and creation to genuinely contend at the championship level.

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Tatum was already an all-star, but Brown’s ascension will be the key to success for this Boston team. He adds versatility to the offense and is a solid defender. A player like him fits perfectly in the modern NBA, and he plays really well off Tatum. Boston has a very exciting young duo, and this may be a precursor to years of upcoming success.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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