Equal Potential: 30 and 15 from Each

Hall of Famer Paul Pierce is not a stranger when it comes to letting the public know his NBA takes every now and then. The latest one to receive approval from “The Truth” on Showtime Basketball’s “KG Certified” is Pacers star Tyrese Haliburton, who has been making noise recently with a career year in Indiana.

Pierce’s comments involved comparisons made to James Harden and Steve Nash.


From Pierce’s opinion on Haliburton, which mentioned that James Harden and Steve Nash could also achieve similar feats to Tyrese Haliburton, to Haliburton’s stellar performance against the Atlanta Hawks, it is clear that Pierce’s appraisal has put the spotlight on the rising star.

Similar to the praise given by Paul Pierce to Haliburton, he also recently did the same for Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, who is having an excellent season in Boston. In a segment with Kevin Garnett on Showtime Basketball’s “KG Certified,” the 2008 NBA champion spoke of Tatum’s high-level season and growth.

“The best American in the league is Jayson Tatum,” Pierce said. “You look at his growth. You see what he’s done over the past couple of years. I’m just looking around, and I think he’s passed Kevin Durant, I think he’s passed LeBron [James]. The only argument is Steph [Curry].”

In the 14 games that Jayson Tatum has played this season, he is averaging 28.2 points (50.7% shooting, including 38.4% from 3-point range), 9.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. Moreover, it is also a bonus that Tatum plays for the Boston Celtics, the team that Paul Pierce played for 15 seasons in his 19-season NBA career.