Celtics

One of Jayson Tatum’s greatest strengths remains underrated

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There are plenty of things to like about Jayson Tatum’s game in his third NBA season, starting with a career-high 21.3 points per game. The former Duke star is only playing a couple more minutes each night than last season, but he’s seen sizable jumps in almost every measurable box score category including FTA (4.0), rebounds (6.9), assists (2.8), steals (1.4) and blocks (0.8). The Celtics are better on both ends of the floor when he is on the court, putting him among the league leaders in plus/minus and tops on the team overall.

Yet, all of these numbers undersell perhaps what has been one of the biggest positives over the first three years of his career, a skill that remains largely underrated when it comes to evaluating talent across the league: