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Boston Celtics: Tatum poised to top John Havlicek and Larry Bird records this season

It seems like Boston Celtics superstar Jayson Tatum is breaking a team record on a nightly basis as he’s in pursuit to be the league’s MVP this season.

The MVP frontrunner has accomplished a lot this season, but perhaps Tatum hasn’t broke a record with the stature of greatness like what he’s in line to do this season.

Tatum has the opportunity to break records held by John Havlicek and Larry Bird, two of the greatest Celtics of All-Time and I say that with zero hesitation.

With Havlicek, Tatum just surpassed one of his records of scoring the most points through the first 41 games in team history: Havlicek scored 1,193 points in 1971 and Tatum has scored 1,202 in 2023.

Photo and Stats from Sean Grande

Havlicek also holds the Celtics franchise single season scoring record, a mark he made in the 1970-71 season, of 2,338 points.

Tatum almost broke Hondo’s scoring record last year by scoring 2,046 points, the first time he’s scored 2,000 points in his career, and he’s poised to do so again.

After following the trend, Tatum has increased his total points scored every season since 2017 and scored 354 more points last season than he did the season prior.

If Tatum continues on this scoring trend, he’ll break Havlicek’s single season scoring record, as well as Bird’s points per game record of 29.9 per game, set in 1987-88.

Tatum is currently averaging 30.8 points per game on 47.2 percent shooting from the floor (career high) and 35.1 percent from deep, along with 8.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.1 steals per game in the 2022-23 season.

The Boston Celtics have many great players in the history of their franchise, but Havlicek and Bird have to be the closest to the top.

For Tatum to already be in the greatest Celtics ever conversations, at 24-years-old has truly been amazing to witness.

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