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Jayson Tatum Player Profile

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In a league full of outstanding rookies, Jayson Tatum is one player that stands out above the rest. Tatum may be the rookie who was the most “NBA-ready” coming out of college. The jump from the NCAA to the NBA has been smooth for Tatum. Playing a starting role for the Boston Celtics, Tatum is currently averaging 14.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, and is shooting 50.5 percent from the field. Tatum has managed to adjust his game to whatever the team needs from him. He has shown great leadership qualities that is rare for a rookie, let alone a 19-year-old, to have and has looked very comfortable in his role. Today, let’s break down what makes Tatum so good.

Outside Scoring: 14/20

Tatum is one of the better three-point shooters in the league. On average, Tatum attempts three three-pointers a game and connects on 46.8 percent of them. Tatum shoots even better from the corner, hitting 55.9 percent of his attempts. Tatum gets the most of his three-point attempts off of catch-and-shoot opportunities – over 80 percent of Tatum’s three-point makes are assisted on. This means that Tatum is great at shooting spot-up three-pointers, but may not be great at creating his own shot.

Interior Scoring: 16/20

Interior scoring is another one of Tatum’s strong suits. Tatum is a versatile finisher who can attack in many ways. He is great at running in transition, putting his head down, absorbing contact and finishing for an and-one. Tatum takes full advantage of his lanky 6’8″ frame to finish in the paint. He is able to use long strides and extend his arms away from the defense in order to make his layups. When shooting in the paint, Tatum finishes 61.3 percent of his attempts. Furthermore, Tatum finishes 60.9 percent of his driving layups.

Passing: 10/20

While Tatum isn’t a selfish player by any means, he isn’t a great passer either. This is because Tatum’s role for the Boston Celtics isn’t to make plays for others, it’s to score the ball himself. When Tatum gets the ball, he is looking to score. This is the reason that Tatum is averaging only 1.4 assists per game. With all of this being said, Tatum is still a good team player and is more than willing to make the extra pass. In addition, Tatum is also good at catching the ball at the top of the three-point line and hitting the cutter for an easy lay-up.

Rebounding: 13/20

Tatum has been a fairly good rebounder thus far. Tatum is good at using his body to box out opponents and win the rebounding battle. Currently, Tatum is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game, which is about average for his position.

Defense: 15/20

In Tatum’s young career he has shown to be an exceptional defender. Tatum is very good in isolation situations where he is one-on-one with an offensive player. He is agile on his feet and can recover quickly when he makes a mistake. Tatum is also a great help defender, getting many of his blocks from behind. Tatum averages nearly one block and one steal per game.

Free-Throw Shooting: 18/20

Tatum is a great free-throw shooter. He manages to get to the line and attempt just over three free-throws per game. Out of the 161 free-throws that Tatum has attempted, he has hit 133 of them, 82.6%, currently the third highest free-throw percentage amongst all rookies.

Future Outlook

Jayson Tatum has one of the brightest futures in the NBA. Tatum has shown to be one of the most matured NBA rookies we have seen in recent years. Paired with a great coach in Brad Stevens and running alongside stellar young teammates, Tatum will be relevant for a long time. Tatum will more than likely be a role player for a few seasons, but this is a player with All-Star capabilities. If Tatum remains a Celtic, he will be a great complimenting piece on a winning team. However, there is no telling how good Tatum could be if he is one day asked to lead a team on his own. Tatum could very well become one of the best players in the league one day, but for now, only time will tell.

Scores:

Outside Scoring: 14/20

Interior Scoring: 16/20

Passing: 10/20

Rebounding: 13/20

Defense: 15/20

Free-Throw Shooting: 18/20

Overall Score: 14.3/20

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