After Training With Kevin Durant During Olympics, Pistons Star Warns the NBA to Watch Out for Jayson Tatum

Published 10/14/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Quarterfinal – Spain v United States – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – August 3, 2021. Kevin Durant of the United States celebrates after scoring a basket with Jayson Tatum of the United States REUTERS/Brian Snyder


Jayson Tatum has been a widely known talent across the NBA. Ever since the Celtics drafted him, they have declared him as the next big star of the NBA. The Celtics’ championship ambitions mainly rely on him, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart’s performance. Several players across the NBA are excited to see Tatum’s growth after training with Kevin Durant.

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Earlier in September, some pictures from Jayson’s gym workout went viral as his transformation was as significant as Giannis’. Therefore, coming into this season, many experts are optimistic about the improvements in Jayson’s game. Especially in terms of physicality.

So after winning the gold medal for Team USA in the Olympics, Jayson’s teammates feel the NBA is about to witness the best of Tatum’s abilities in the coming season. Among them was Jerami Grant, the forward playing for Detroit Pistons in the NBA. He felt that under the guidance of Kevin Durant, Tatum’s game has progressed to an elite level.

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Jerami Grant on the impact of Kevin Durant on Jayson Tatum

Jerami Grant, a member of Team USA and a member of the Detroit Pistons, believes Tatum’s offseason progress will not remain a secret. Grant said he noticed progress in Tatum on the floor, both emotionally and physically, thanks to Durant‘s mentorship. With Tatum on the rise, the Celtics will be aiming to win the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy, something they haven’t won since 2008.

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“Jayson was great. Obviously, we watched him grow into being even a better player while he was there. His confidence was growing while he was there,” Grant said. “Being under KD, he pushed the confidence out of him to be on that stage and do what he was doing. He is one of the best talents in the league.”

May 30, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) attempts a layup against Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) during the first half of game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

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What does this mean for the Boston Celtics?

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The Celtics are heavily relying on Tatum for the long-term growth of the franchise. We combine this with championship aspirations and the burden of the expectations of a city. It was a matter of time that Tatum would have to step up. Do you think Tatum will carry the Celtics deep into the playoffs with the help of Brown and Smart? Let us know in the comments.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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