‘What’s Wrong?’ People are asking about Tatum’s struggles.
Jayson Tatum is a two-time All-Star and widely regarded as a future top-10 NBA talent, but his recent performances for the Boston Celtics have left many wondering, “What’s wrong?” It’s a fair question, too, given Tatum’s dismal start to the season.
Tatum has a history of slow starts to seasons, and he’s well-known for doing so before ramping up his output as the season progresses.
This season, however, feels different, Tatum appears different, and people are beginning to worry about his 13-game losing streak.
Tatum is shooting 38.8% from the field and 32.1 percent from three-point range to start the season, which is a far cry from his career averages of 45.3 and 39.1 percent, according to Basketball-Reference.
However, we must peel back another layer of these numbers to understand Tatum’s poor offensive performance.
Tatum is shooting 52 percent at the rim and 37 percent from mid-range, according to Cleaning The Glass, and his threes are equally unreliable from the corner and above the break, at 33 percent each.
Simply put, nothing is going right for the All-Star, which is concerning given his importance to the Celtics’ offense.
Despite his shooting woes, Tatum has improved as a rebounder and passer, as well as a defender.
We’re likely to see a better version of Tatum than the one who won an Olympic gold medal with Team USA earlier this year once his shot starts to fall.
Tatum was chastised by Udoka.
Ime Udoka spoke to the media shortly after Tatum went 8-for-22 from the field against the Cleveland Cavaliers and gave an honest assessment of Tatum’s struggles.
“A little frustration with missed shots, allowing it to affect him on the other end, and you just have to play through it.”
I’ve had a few difficult shooting nights.
We’ve already discussed how he affects the game in other ways.
He became irritated and began to play in the crowd, making some sloppy moves.
And, as I previously stated, he must be able to have an impact on the game even when he is not scoring, as he has in the past.”
Instead of going to veteran point guard Dennis Schroder for the game’s final shot, Udoka went with Tatum, who was 1-for-8 from the field in this game.
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