Last year's draft class was a pretty deep one in terms of the number of rookies who made significant impact for their respective team. Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell, the two rookies that were leading the Rookie of the Year Race for the majority of the year, both put up gaudy numbers and led their team to decent playoff runs.
Another rookie who was part of ROY discussions was Jayson Tatum who was draft 3rd overall by the Boston Celtics. With injuries to the Celtics' top stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, the lanky 6'8″ forward out of Duke was instantly put into a leadership roleand showed very little signs of being a rookie. He helped get the Celtics the 2nd seed in the East and provided some great highlights in the process such as this.
Recently, Tatum was seen working out with Penny Hardaway, who was a four-time All-star with the Orlando Magic and led them to an NBA Finals run together with a young Shaquille O'neal. He averaged 19 points, 6.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds during his stint.
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Hardaway was one of the most exciting guards in the league before a series of injuries plagued his career and he remains one of the biggest what-ifs in NBA history.
Moving forward, Tatum is sure to benefit from the knowledge he gains from his workout with Hardaway as he looks to add to an already impressive skillset. Aside from his workout with Hardaway, Tatum was also seen working out with Lakers legend and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant who happens to be his favorite player as well.