Enes Kanter believes Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown could be All-Stars next season

Gabby Guerard
July 31, 2019 - 11:18 am

There has been a lot of talk about the Celtics' youthful core during the offseason, and many have high expectations specifically for Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

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One of the newest additions to Boston’s team, Enes Kanter, doesn’t just think the two will be good – he believes they could potentially have their first All-Star appearances next season.

In a recent interview with Hoops Hype’s Alex Kennedy, Kanter said that in addition to the fundamental skills, Brown and Tatum also have the drive and work ethic to make that a true possibility.

“I think they both have the potential to be All-Stars this year. I think they have all of the tools – they’re hardworking guys, they’re willing to learn, they have an amazing character on and off the court and they’re amazingly talented,” Kanter said. “I think for Jaylen and Jayson the ceiling is, of course, to be All-Stars. With their work ethic and leadership, I definitely think they can take our team to the next level and take us really, really deep into the playoffs.”

“I’ve already met Jaylen, he’s an amazing guy. We were actually playing two-on-two, it was me and Jaylen Brown against Gordon Hayward and Tacko Fall. It was amazing!” Kanter added. “I’m definitely very excited to play with those guys.”

Brown and Tatum both had their share of inconsistencies last season. 

Tatum had a standout 2017-18 season as a rookie, starting all 80 games he competed in. Last season, he improved his stats averaging 15.7 points, 1.1 steals, 2.1 assists, and 6 rebounds, however his shooting percentages dropped to 45 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Meanwhile, Brown went from starting all 70 games he played in during the 2017-18 season to only starting 25 games last season, in part due to a hand injury. His stats decreased in points, steals, assists, and rebounds last season, in addition to his 3-point shooting dropping to 34.4 percent. His field goal shooting percentage stayed the same at 46.5 percent.

Despite both players taking steps backwards last season, the new change in personnel could improve team chemistry. And Kemba Walker commanding the floor could be just the change that these young players need to take their game to the next level.

Kanter certainly believes so.