Jayson Tatum is wasting no time getting back into a rhythm. A day after coming in third for NBA Rookie of the Year voting, the Boston Celtics forward was partaking in a summer workout and just casually shooting 3-pointers.
Twenty of them in a row, to be exact.
With two of Boston’s superstars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward out for the majority of the previous season, Tatum, in just his first year, quickly learned how to play the game like a professional. In 80 regular-season games, he averaged 13.9 points, five rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. He also knocked down 1.3 threes nightly on three attempts.
However, it was the playoffs where Tatum showed what kind of player he can be for Celtics in the future. He averaged 18.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. He was the focal point of the Celtics in the playoffs. His length, size, athletic ability, and above-average basketball IQ was an asset on both ends of the floor.
Tatum proved to be efficient from a 3-point range during his rookie campaign. The 20-year-old shot 43.4 percent and set a new franchise rookie record for treys back in April. If his sophomore season is anything like his first, then Celtics fans should be prepared to see plenty of 3-pointers from Tatum as the team will make a run at banner 18 after falling just one game short of the NBA Finals.
He ultimately finished third in the voting for the award – behind the Philadelphia 76ers’ Benn Simmons and Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell
Tatum proved emerged as one of the NBA’s brightest young stars during the Celtics’ run to the Eastern Conference Finals, a stretch of play that was not factored into ROY voting.