Not solely did he common a profession excessive and team-leading 26.4 factors per recreation, he additionally scored 50-plus factors in 4 video games (together with the playoffs) — probably the most ever by a Celtics participant in a single season.
One of the simplest ways for Tatum to take the following step offensively and probably problem for the scoring title — which might most likely require scoring 30 or extra factors per evening — is capturing extra free throws.
It appears like that is one space the place the two-time All-Star is hoping to enhance heading into subsequent season.
“I don’t assume there wasn’t something the Nets threw at him that he wasn’t ready for, however we seen an enormous pattern,” Tatum’s capturing/exercise coach Drew Hanlen advised Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald.
“When Jayson shot a excessive quantity of free throws, he put up large numbers. That’s the massive focus — having the ability to get downhill extra, which permits him to get to the road extra, which additionally permits him so as to add one other dynamic to his recreation. That’s the main focus.”
Tatum completed tied for tenth in factors per recreation final season regardless of averaging simply 5.3 free throw makes an attempt. The one gamers within the prime 10 in scoring who averaged fewer makes an attempt from the free throw line had been Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (5.1) and Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (4.0).
Tatum has all the time shot nicely from the free throw line. He is by no means been beneath 81.2 p.c in any of his 4 seasons with the C’s, and his 86.8 p.c success charge on the foul line in 2020-21 was a profession excessive.
Attending to the free throw line wasn’t only a Tatum drawback final season, although. Your entire group struggled on this space. The Celtics ranked twenty fifth of 30 groups with simply 20.8 free throw makes an attempt per recreation.
Growing that quantity subsequent season would go a great distance in serving to the Celtics return to the higher tier of Japanese Convention contenders.