Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, Wizards’ Bradley Beal seen working on pull-up 3-pointers together
It’s another day of the NBA offseason, which means another video of stars working on their games has graced our social media feeds. This time, noted NBA skills coach Drew Hanlen posted a video of two of his All-Star clients: Boston Celtics wing Jayson Tatum and Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal.
As seen in the video, the two worked on their pull-up, off-the-dribble, and step-back threes—from deep range.
Tatum and Beal putting in work this offseason 😤
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 26, 2020
Jayson Tatum shot 40.3 percent from deep in his third season, slightly above his career average (40.1 percent). However, Tatum also attempted considerably more triples per game in 2019-20 (7.1) than during his first two seasons (3.1 and 3.9). He made 73 more 3-pointers during the 2019-20 NBA regular season than he did the year prior, despite playing 13 fewer games.
Tatum shot 37.3 percent from 3-point range in the bubble playoffs on 7.4 attempts per game, both career-best postseason figures for the 23-year old.
Based on the clips above, Tatum looks to be trying to expand his range. Tatum shot nearly 40 percent on shots from 25-29 feet, but he only attempted three from 30-34 feet—a zone very much in play in the modern NBA. He shot an impressive 47.1 percent on pull-up threes in 2019-20, per NBA.com.
On the other hand, at 27, Bradley Beal set career-highs in points per game (30.5) and th3ee-point attempts per game (8.4) last season. As the only shot-creator among a depleted Wizards group the past two years, he has often been the sole target of opposing defenses, which could explain why his 3-point percentage has been just above 35 percent the past two years–below his NBA career mark of 38.0 percent.
About one-fifth of Beal’s 3-point attempts in 2019-20 came via catch-and-shoot opportunities, while 17.3 percent were from pull-ups, per NBA.com.
Like his workout partner, Beal shot well from 25-29 feet last season (35.8%) but only attempted made one three from 30-plus feet.