Celtics news: How Jayson Tatum is going full-Kobe Bryant mode this season
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How Jayson Tatum is going full-Kobe Bryant mode this season

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Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum worked out with Kobe Bryant over the summer before the season started. It seems like some of Bryant’s game has rubbed off him, and not in a good way, but hilarious to others.

These are pretty interesting numbers to look at. So far this season, the Celtics talent is averaging 15.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He is shooting 41.2 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from three. If you want to compare percentages from last season, he was shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 43.4 percent from three.

Those are some pretty drastic changes in the percentages. Obviously, he is taking more shots per game this year, than last year.

It is not known what he and Bryant worked on over the summer, but whatever it is, it clearly is not working right now. Here is one of the fadeaway shots he was talking about.

The Celtics were in a good position at that point of the game. Up seven, early in the first, and Tatum decides to take this fadeaway shot.

These bad shots like the one’s above are the one’s Tatum needs to avoid. He also may be suffering from the sophomore slump that some players fall into.

I think it is safe to say however, Bryant told Tatum to hold the ball longer than needed to, in order to take a shot, or pass the ball. We don’t yet know if this is to the dismay of the Celtics.

With the increase of 2.6 shots a game after three or more dribbles is now up to 4.1, it is clear Bryant told Tatum to shoot the ball more and obviously not pass it.

Would be interesting to see if these shot attempts decrease at some point during the season.