…ad of Horford if healthy. Instead he’s averaging 11/5/4 and coming off the bench. He’s Evan Turner. Suddenly Tatum has to be the third banana, and Jaylen Brown moves up from second-best fifth banana to somewhere buried on the fourth banana l…
A) He’s better than Hayward right now, maybe for the rest of the season, and possibly for their careers going forward.
B) He’s more like a second banana as the Celtics are 6–1 without Horford, who has an On/Off rating of -10.7. That would put him in Tier VI — the Non-Second Bananas.
C) In December, (you know I had to go there), Kyle Kuzma is currently the Lakers’ #2 guy, averaging 22.9 pts. 6.6 reb. 3.5 ast, which is 4.9 points, and 2.2 assists more than Tatum, with rebounding being equal. I can hardly wait to see what happens when these two guys have to guard each other again. Last January, Kuzma had 28 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 0 turnovers, destroying Tatum (4 points, 5 rebounds, 0 assists, 3 turnovers). Kuzma outdueled Kyrie Irving, scoring 17 points in the 4th quarter to win the game.