’Drug Tested Tomorrow: Donovan Mitchell’s Hilarious Reaction to Jayson Tatum’s Off-Season Transformation

Published 10/18/2021, 11:18 PM EDT
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


The off season serves as a great opportunity for players to furnish their skills. It also allows them to work on their personal fitness. Likewise, Celtics’ Jayson Tatum made most use of the off season to come in stronger. His comparisons to the previous seasons clearly show the size the All-Star guard has added on over the summer. A fellow All-Star had a hilarious reaction looking at his transformation.

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Tatum was by far the best player on the Boston Celtics last season. His offensive growth has only been improving every season. However, this time around he decided to give focus on adding muscle alongside developing his skills. And he added some serious mass on to his body.

May 25, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum (0) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets small forward Joe Harris (12) during the second quarter of game two of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Compared to his rookie year, Tatum looks a lot more stronger coming into the regular season. There is no doubt we will see many highlights coming through him. But, reacting to the transformation, Donovan Mitchell had a funny reply.

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Jayson Tatum to be drug tested?

Recently, photos comparing Tatum’s rookie season and his current shape came out. He visibly looks a lot bigger than before. While most had praise for the All-Star, Donovan Mitchell took the opportunity to joke around. He said that Tatum should expect a drug test coming his way really soon. Tatum responded to Mitchell, saying that is how things work.

This comes from the fact that the league has been extremely strict when it comes to testing their players. Even the smallest surprises lead to a drug test from the league the very next day. Notably, when Danny Green was on the Lakers, he finished a put back dunk in a game. He then revealed that the league ordered a drug test because he generally did not dunk.

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Looking at these events, Mitchell asked Tatum to be on the lookout for a drug test coming his way. With all that aside, his transformation has been very impressive. He looked extremely good in preseason and the muscle hasn’t hampered his jump shot either.

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With a change in rule coming in over foul calls, this additional muscle could serve as a major advantage. This is because it will be necessary for Jayson Tatum to be able to absorb contact much more now. He already had the ability to finish strong, but now with the muscle, it will only make it better. Hence, we can expect yet another big year for Tatum.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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