Jayson Tatum named Eastern Conference Player of the Month originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Jayson Tatum's stellar start to the 2022-23 NBA season was recognized by the league on Thursday.
The Boston Celtics star was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for games played in October and November. Through 21 games, Tatum averaged 31.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 4.5 assists while shooting 48.8 percent from the floor and 36.6 percent from 3-point range.
Tatum's outstanding play has put him in the NBA MVP conversation through the first month of the campaign. The 24-year-old trails only Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic and Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo in MVP odds as of Thursday. The MVP chants were loud and clear Wednesday night at TD Garden when Tatum dropped a season-high 49 points in a win over the Miami Heat.
With two Player of the Month awards under his belt, Tatum becomes the third player in Celtics history to earn the award multiple times. Larry Bird was named Player of the Month seven times during his legendary career while Paul Pierce earned the honor four times.
Tatum will look to stay hot in December, starting on Friday night when the C's take on the Heat for a rematch at TD Garden.