NBA icon Paul Pierce has once again ignited discussions within the basketball community by proclaiming Jayson Tatum, the emerging star of the Boston Celtics, as the premier American player in the league. Pierce’s assertion, positioning Tatum ahead of seasoned veterans LeBron James and Kevin Durant, has become a focal point of spirited debates.
During an appearance on SHOWTIME Basketball, Pierce confidently stated, “Right now, the best American in the league is Jayson Tatum… I think he’s passed Kevin Durant, I think he’s passed LeBron [James].” According to Pierce, the only contender in Tatum’s league is Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.
Maintaining his unwavering stance, Pierce took to social media to respond to a user challenging his rankings. The user pointed to Tatum’s inclusion in the First Team All-NBA last season, suggesting that such recognition supports Pierce’s bold claims.
By doubling down on his opinion, Pierce emphasizes his belief that Tatum’s remarkable talent and achievements distinguish him as the leading American player in the league. Despite the enduring presence of basketball legends like LeBron James and Kevin Durant, Pierce asserts that, at this stage in his career, Tatum has surpassed them all.