After putting on a show during the 2018 NBA Playoffs, many fans in Boston expected Jayson Tatum to show flashes of stardom in his second season. Unfortunately, the former Duke product didn’t see his overall production skyrocket the way he hoped.
Tatum’s field goal percentage from beyond the arc drop by nearly six percent. Overall, the Celtics went from one win away from the NBA Finals to getting knocked out in the second round.
Boston underwent several changes this offseason. The major move was signing Kemba Walker to replace Kyrie Irving, who joined forces with Kevin Durant in Brooklyn.
Walker should be an integral part of the Celtics’ team next season, but there is still a ton of focus on Tatum.
Tatum’s skill coach, Drew Hanlen, had an extremely positive review of his client as he enters his third year in the NBA.
It appears the two skills that Hanlen wants Tatum to focus on are consistently knocking down triples and finishing through contact in the paint.
From The Boston Globe:
“Driving and getting downhill through contact and being able to finish around the rim is our No. 1 focus,” Hanlen said. “And then consistency when he’s shooting off the dribble or off a full-speed move from the 3-point line. Those are our two things, just getting to the rim and drawing fouls, and finishing when you do get to the rim, and then consistency with threes. We just want him to be more efficient, and we think he will be. He’s as locked in as I’ve ever seen him. He’s very, very locked in.”
With Irving out of the picture for next season, Tatum should see his usage increase on the offensive end.
If Hanlen’s recent feedback of Tatum holds true, then Boston fans will be thrilled.