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Three-time All-Star Jayson Tatum is playing like a man on a mission these days. In his last four outings, the Boston Celtics star is averaging 42 points, all in victory. The Celtics are as hot as any team in the league right now.

Tatum is living up to expectations from the $195 million extension he signed. That wasn’t the case earlier this year. Have those early-season struggles hurt Tatum’s chances of a shot at becoming the NBA’s MVP? Not if you ask former Celtics center and current basketball analyst Kendrick Perkins.

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Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics celebrates in the fourth quarter during their game against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center on March 9, 2022, in Charlotte, North Carolina. | Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images.

How hot has Tatum been lately? He made his way into the same conversation as Larry Bird with his 54-point performance Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets. He joined Bird as the only two Celtics players in history to score 50 or more points four times. Tatum is just 24 years old and in his fifth year in the league.

Tatum has been Bird-like recently. He’s put up 33, 37, 54, and 44 points in his last four outings. He’s led the team in scoring six out of the last seven games. Tatum has helped put the Celtics in position for a high playoff seed and a strong postseason run.

Earlier in the season, the team would’ve been happy with a simple playoff berth. Tatum has been the leader the Celtics have needed. He’s accepted the challenges he’s faced on the court, playing against some tough competition.

Against Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, Tatum was the best player on the court, pouring in his game-high 54 points.

“Those matchups — when you’re playing one of the better teams in the league, two of the best guys — as a competitor, those are the kinds of moments that as a kid you looked forward to,” Tatum said after the Nets game, per ESPN. “When those opportunities come, you try to make the most of it.”

Kendrick Perkins says Jayson Tatum is a legitimate MVP candidate

Tatum has been as good as anyone in the NBA recently. Is that good enough to vault him into the MVP conversation?

Yes, his numbers are good enough for consideration, but can he be a serious candidate after struggling much of the first half of the season? Remember, the Celtics were at .500 after 50 games. Tatum was also mired in a major shooting slump as his frustrations kicked in.

At one point this year, he was 0-for-17 from three-point land and 1-for-21 in a four-game stretch. He had been hounded about his shooting slump and was just as frustrated talking about it as he was with his shooting performance.

“I will (get out of the slump),” Tatum said, per Jay King of The Athletic. “and we’ll be able to talk about something else.”

He certainly found his way out of the slump, and according to Perkins, he’s now in the MVP race.

“Jayson Tatum has played himself right into the MVP conversation!” Perkins tweeted. “The numbers that he’s been putting up along with willing his teams to victories has been right up there with the Best of them! Carry the hell on…”

Is Tatum a legitimate MVP candidate?

There’s no question Tatum is as hot any anyone in the league at the moment, but his lack of consistency this year will keep him from being a serious MVP candidate.

Tatum is good, but not Joel Embiid good. He’s not Nikola Jokic or Giannis Antetokounmpo, either. Had he been this good earlier in the season, Perkins may have a case. Through 50 games, the Celtics were mediocre at best, and Tatum was inconsistent.

According to Vegas Insider, Embiid is the clear favorite to win the award. The Philadelphia 76ers star leads the league in scoring at 29.7 points while pulling down 11.2 rebounds. The line on Embiid is -135. Jokic, the Denver Nuggets versatile center is second on the list at +200, followed by two-time MVP Antetokounmpo at +800.

There are plenty of others in the picture, including Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (+1200) and Chicago Bulls star Demar DeRozan (+1800).

For the record, Tatum’s odds are +30000 to win the MVP.

Carry on.

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Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’

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Here is everything you need to know about the single hardest puncher in boxing and the former world heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder. This includes his net worth, career earnings and endorsement deals.

Deontay Wilder Net Worth

Deontay Wilder has been a professional boxer since his debut back in November 2008. He has been boxing consistently for over 15 years straight now in the pro ranks, earning more and more money as his career has progressed up to world level.

The 1985-born boxing superstar is one of the most fearsome punchers the sport of boxing has ever seen. Deontay Wilder’s boxing record consists of 43 wins – 42 of which have come via knockout. The only man to go the distance with ‘The Bronze Bomber’ was Bermane Stiverne, who Wilder then knocked out in a round in their rematch.

As of December 2023, it is reported that Deontay Wilder’s net worth is somewhere in the region of $30 million (source: Celebrity Net Worth).

Of course, given the fact the Alabama man is supremely wealthy, he likes his fair share of luxury items too. Wilder has acquired real estate, expensive jewelry, flashy cars and various other assets that have contributed to his riches.

Wilder reportedly has eight kids in total from various relationships, including one with his current girlfriend Telli Swift. Evidently a fair amount of Wilder’s earnings in the ring is used on providing for his big family and loved ones. Be sure to see Deontay Wilder’s net worth continue to grow for the remainder of his career, as long as that lasts.

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Deontay Wilder Career Earnings

After 46 professional boxing fights, Deontay Wilder’s biggest fight purse is reported to have been around $28 million (source: Forbes). This was reportedly how much ‘The Bronze Bomber’ earned for his rematch bout with Tyson Fury back in February 2020.

Wilder went into the fight as the marginal favorite with the best offshore sportsbooks, given that he was still the reigning champion following his draw with Fury 14 months prior. Despite getting conclusively knocked out in Round 7 of the fight, this still remains the biggest purse of Wilder’s career to date.

Deontay Wilder has reportedly earned a total sum of around $95 million in his professional boxing career from his debut up to now. This is right up there with the likes of heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, and is more than the likes of Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis and Terence Crawford.

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Bronze Medallist has been earnings even figure purses ever since he became world heavyweight champion back in January 2015. Of his last 10 fights, just one has been less than seven figures (Washington – $900k). In fact, Wilder has earned around $80 million just from his last five fights.

See the full table below for a detailed breakdown of the purses Deontay Wilder has received for his last 10 fights. All in all, it is fair to say that the 38-year-old isn’t short of a dollar or two. His net worth, salary and fight purses will continue to rise as his career rolls on at world level.

Deontay Wilder Fight Purses (Last 10):

Fight Fight Purse
Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 3 $12 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2 $28 million
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz 2 $20 million
Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz $2 million
Deontay Wilder vs Bermane Stiverne 2 $1.4 million
Deontay Wilder vs Gerald Washington $900,000
Deontay Wilder vs Chris Arreola $1.4 million

Deontay Wilder purse info per Sports Payouts & Sporting News

Deontay Wilder Endorsements & Sponsorship

Although the vast majority of Deontay Wilder’s earnings comes from prize fighting, he also earns an extremely lucrative sum of money outside of the ring. These vast endorsement deals from outside of the ring are a big player in boosting Wilder’s net worth and salary.

The 1985-born boxing phenom’s biggest endorsement deal as of today is his partnership with Everlast. Wilder has shown great loyalty to Everlast for several years during his boxing career, and still sports their boxing gear to this day. He also regularly uses Everlast boxing gloves in the ring for his world title fights, as well as during training camps.

Some of Deontay Wilder’s other endorsements include his partnerships with PureKana CBD, Raising Cane’s and IHC Crypto. There is not much else known about Wilder’s endorsements and sponsors outside of his career as a boxer.

All in all, Deontay Wilder’s various sponsorships certainly help boost his net worth. Per Forbes, he reportedly earns an estimated $500,000 per annum through endorsements. Ultimately though it is punching people in the face for a living that pays ‘The Bronze Bomber’ the most money.

Be sure to claim the various sports betting apps bonuses and boxing free bets available on the SportsLens site ahead of Deontay Wilder’s next fight.

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