Jayson Tatum. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Budding Celtics star Jayson Tatum celebrated his 21st birthday yesterday - unfortunately, in a loss to the Rockets.
Tatum's stock remains high in his sophomore NBA season, to the point where many believe Boston shouldn't offer the wing in any potential trade for established superstar Anthony Davis from the Pelicans.
Count former C's finals MVP Paul Pierce among them.
"You need that great perimeter player," Pierce said. "I believe he can turn into that, to compete for a championship, to win in a championship. I don't think your point guard is your most important player. Teams have proven over the years that if you have that versatile forward who can do so many things—the Celtics have a few of 'em—and then you have another pretty good big man, you can win a championship."
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Pierce said on ESPN the proof's in the history.
"Out of the last 20 final MVPs—Steph hasn't been finals MVP once," he said. "It's been KD, it's been LeBron, it's been Kawhi, myself, all great perimeter players ... if you have perimeter guys who can do a lot of things that your point guard can do and can be that superstar, it's not the most important position."
WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports