For years, Jayson Tatum showed glimpses of untapped potential. He proved that he could be one of the league's most explosive scorers and kept improving on the defensive end of the floor as well.
Tatum Can Be As Good As KD
Tatum continues to blossom as a two-way superstar, up to the point where Tracy McGrady feels he can be as good as Kevin Durant:
I think he can be really good. We’re talking K.D. status, McGrady said. I think the kid has the potential to be that good. He’s already showing glimpses of that in his young NBA career. I think he has the ability to win multiple championships, be an MVP of the NBA. I think he has that ability.
He's Not So Sure About Curry's Place
But things aren't that simple when it comes to Tatum's rival in this Finals series. When asked about Stephen Curry's all-time ranking, T-Mac didn't know where to put him as he felt like there was an asterisk to every accomplishment:
That's a tough question, McGrady said. Because he has his career individually and with what he's accomplished with his team is tough. Because you’ve gotta think, he won a championship, right, against LeBron [James] that didn't have Kyrie [Irving], that didn't have Kevin Love. He didn't win the [Finals] MVP, right? Then he loses a 3-1 lead to LeBron, gets K.D., K.D. comes and wins two championships, so that gives Steph three championship but K.D. wins the two MVPs, right?
Steph Isn't On The GOATs Tier, Says McGrady
T-Mac did give Steph his flowers. However, he doesn't feel he should be in the same conversation with the greatest players in NBA history, such as Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant:
We know Steph is like the 3-point God. But when it comes to putting him with [Michael Jordan] and these guys that won that level of championships; Kobe [Bryant] and Magic Johnson, I don't know where to rank him, McGrady added. I know he's pretty high. But I think those guys are in a different class than Steph Curry based off of [all of that]. They're on championship teams. K.D. came and joined the Warriors and became the best player and helped Steph win two more championships. But Steph wasn't the best player on that team.
The Finals Are A Treat To Watch
But even if Tatum isn't on Durant's level right now and even if he doesn't know if Curry is one of the GOAts, having two players of that caliber at basketball's ultimate stage has made the NBA Finals a treat to watch.
One is building his legacy while the other is trying to add even more silverware to his résumé. Who'll prevail? No one knows.