Celtics’ Jayson Tatum Expresses Desire to Shoot Like Stephen Curry

Published 04/27/2021, 6:38 AM EDT
Mar 7, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Team LeBron guard Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors (30) handles the ball against Team Durant forward Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics (0) during the 2021 NBA All-Star Game at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


Jayson Tatum is one of the brightest young talents in the NBA. The Boston Celtics power forward has been absolutely phenomenal since he joined the NBA.

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Tatum first got notoriety for his performances in the 2018 NBA playoffs against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Just a rookie back then, Tatum showed glimpses of his great potential. At 23 years of age, Tatum still has a lot of room to develop.

Jayson Tatum wants to shoot like Stephen Curry

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Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum participated in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit. A fan asked Tatum what skill he would like to add to his arsenal from another NBA player who has mastered that skill.

Tatum responded that he would love to be able to shoot the ball like Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry. Curry is one of the greatest shooter of all time, and Tatum would love to be able to come close to his level.

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The three-point shot is a huge part of Jayson Tatum’s game. Tatum is one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA today. Over the last few seasons, he has impressed many with his ability to shoot the ball.

Despite being a forward, Tatum uses his shooting ability to get the lion’s share of his points. His natural ability on the ball has brought him great success in the NBA, including multiple All-Star nominations.

Curry and Tatum are on two different levels

Stephen Curry is one of the greatest shooters in basketball history. He makes the most difficult shots look like simple ones. Curry’s ability to create his own shot and knock it down from any distance is something fans have never seen before.

Curry is far ahead of any other shooter in the NBA today. While Tatum probably can’t get to his level, aiming that high can only be good for his development.

Apr 17, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) embrace after the game at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
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For the season, Tatum has been averaging solid numbers. He is averaging 25.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 4.3 assists and is shooting at 38% from the three-point line.

This is slightly below his shooting percentage from last year, which was 40%. Despite Tatum’s numbers, the Celtics have struggled this season. Currently, the Celtics are in the seventh seed and will have to enter the play-in tournament to reach the playoffs.

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Can Jayson Tatum lead the Celtics to the playoffs? He will have to step up his game during the final stretch of this NBA season to do so.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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