Jayson Tatum Championed as MVP Front-Runner by NBA Twitter in Win vs. Heat

Doric SamDecember 1, 2022

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Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum solidified himself in the early conversation for NBA MVP with a dominant performance on Wednesday against the Miami Heat.

Tatum poured in 49 points with 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals to lead the Celtics to a 134-121 win at TD Garden. The 24-year-old shot 15-of-25 from the field and 8-of-12 from beyond the arc as Boston improved to 18-4.

Wednesday's performance was Tatum's fourth straight outing with at least 30 points. With the Duke product leading the way, the Celtics are the hottest team in the league with wins in 14 out of their last 15 games.

NBA Twitter was blown away by Tatum's dominance against Miami, with many declaring him the front runner for MVP:

Shake4ndbake @ItsShake4ndbake

Jayson Tatum is the MVP this year, don’t worry about all others

Souichi Terada | 寺田惣一 @SouichiTerada

MVP chants for Jayson Tatum at the FT line. 26 points on 9-12 shooting, 4-5 on 3s. Still not even halfway through the second quarter.

Celtics Junkies @Celtics_Junkies


Nicky @NickyPickzz

Jayson Tatum is the MVP.

Leo @Leo__ffs

Please just give Tatum the MVP already

smarfwater™ @smarfwater

tatum for MVP<br>tatum for MVP

Dan Greenberg @StoolGreenie


Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops

Jayson Tatum with 26 points. <br><br>Midway through the second quarter. <br><br>MVP frontrunner.

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA

There's been a few game management nuances that has catapulted Tatum to the front of the MVP race this year as he starts to hit prime form. One of the biggest is his feel for the moments in the game when he should go iso and put up heat checks, plus how to do it less predictably.

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Jayson Tatum registers his ninth 30-point game in November, tied for his most in a calendar month in his career. <br><br>Only Larry Bird (10 in March 1986, 11 in March 1988) has more 30-point games in a calendar month in Celtics history. <a href="https://t.co/tM05ZTELyM">pic.twitter.com/tM05ZTELyM</a>


Jayson Tatum is on a different level rn

Dan Greenberg @StoolGreenie

Jayson Tatum is just in one of those zones

Mark Jackson’s Burner @casualtakeking

Jayson Tatum is leading the MVP race with all due respect but we all knew that

Corey B @CoreyB08

Tatum youngest player to hit 900 threes in NBA history. Give that man his MVP this year

Becca @beccawilz

Jayson Tatum is MVP btw

BEAN DADDY @ceddyb_

Tatum got big MVP vibrations this year..

T! (🍊out now) @vioIent

hard to deny a Tatum MVP at this point


Just give Tatum the mvp right now

Tatum had help on Wednesday, as Jaylen Brown added 26 points and Malcolm Brogdon scored 21 points off the bench. Boston was incredibly efficient, shooting 55.4 percent from the field and 48.9 percent from three-point range.

The Celtics look extra motivated to avenge last season's loss in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. If Tatum continues playing like this, it won't be a surprise to see Boston make another deep playoff run this year.

Tatum and the Celtics will look to stay hot with another matchup against the Heat on Friday.