Jayson Tatum has officially joined the top tier of NBA MVP odds. During Wednesday night’s win over the Miami Heat, Tatum dropped 49 points, while adding 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. He was extremely efficient offensively, shooting 15-of-25 from the field (including 8-of-12 from 3FG) and 11-of-12 from the free throw line. So how have Jayson Tatum MVP odds been shifting?
Jayson Tatum’s odds started at +1400 on October 18th, when the season began. Tatum is now among the favorites to win the MVP at . Luka Doncic is in the same tier, sitting at , and Giannis Antetokounmpo is right there at .
Tatum is a former Duke Blue Devil. No former Duke player has ever won an NBA MVP, as shocking as that sounds.
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Tatum MVP Argument: Style Points and Statistics
The NBA MVP Award is usually much more than simply putting up numbers. The eventual winner needs to win, be likable to garner media votes, and play with a certain amount of “flair” or “pizazz.” Tatum is certainly checking off all the boxes so far this season. After losing in the NBA Finals last season, the Celtics sit atop the Eastern Conference with a record of 18-4. Tatum is averaging a career-best 31.6 PPG, second in the league behind Luka’s 33.5 PPG. The Celtics star is also averaging a career-best 4.5 APG, while adding 7.8 RPG.
I mentioned his efficiency. Tatum is shooting a career-best 48.8% from the field, even with attempting 9.6 threes per game. He is also shooting 87.3% from the free throw line, which is contributing nicely to his nightly scoring totals.
Another eye opener for the Celtics forward is the drastic rise in his PSA or Points Per Shot Attempt. Measured as total points scored per 100 shot attempts, Tatum is sitting at 129.4, which is up from 116.8 last season. The question will be whether or not he can keep up this pace, as the Celtics are only 22 games into the season.
Here are a few other fun statistics that are adding to his legend this season: