Celtics Jayson Tatum Ready To Bring Crucial Change To His Game After Fan Pressure

Published 09/12/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
Feb 2, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) handles the ball while being defended by Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) during the third quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports


With the training camp all set to commence in a couple of days, pictures of some NBA stars putting in the work are taking the internet by storm. Especially that of Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum. While most players tune out the criticism that fans give them and focus on their own goals, Tatum has recently revealed that he is doing all he can to fulfill what the fans want to see more from him. Tatum has turned out to be a rising star in the league. And with a more challenging season ahead of him, Jayon knows exactly what he needs to do.

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Jayson Tatum and his transformation have a hidden reason?

The Boston Celtics did not have the most ideal run in the 2020-21 NBA season. They landed seventh in the Eastern Conference with a 36-36 record. Although the blame can be put on the plethora of injuries they had to deal with, the franchise performance was scant.

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However, there was absolutely no shortage of input from Tatum’s side. He displayed career-high numbers in every aspect. Averaging 26.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 4.3 assists, along with going 86% from the free-throw line and going 46% from the field. But now that Tatum has got some bulk, it seems like he will work on getting into the paint more and attacking from there.

Talking about offseason transformation, he said, “it’s part of me getting older; my body is just starting to change, as well as putting the work in.” Tatum agreed that his built will definitely prove to be helpful in his effort to get past defenders in the paint. He confessed, “I know people want to see me go to the basket more. I like the step-back jumper. It’s compromise. I’ll do what the people want.”

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What do the Boston Celtics look like for next season?

Tatum will definitely have some momentum on his side after winning the gold medal with Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics this year. But this won’t be a cakewalk for the rest of the team trying to adjust to the coaching style of the newly appointed head coach, Ime Udoka.

May 28, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots the ball over Brooklyn Nets forward Bruce Brown (1) during the second half during game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

They also have some new additions to the roster, so adjusting to these changes will take some time. On top of that, the Eastern Conference is getting filled with extreme competition to the brim. Their biggest relief will be Jaylen Brown’s return from his injury, a much-needed boost for Tatum as well. Can the Celtics finally turn their luck around and will Tatum’s transformation play a role in it?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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