sam_I_am wrote:When Larry Bird was a 23 yo rookie he was really good. He got better every year until his first MVP in year 5. Tatum is only 22 right now. Not saying he will or won’t be as good as Larry but he has been to 2 ECFs in 3 years .... and he is only 22! I think he will become a much better finisher once he fills out his frame more completely and like most NBA players will improve his 3pt%, free throw% and defense with experience too.
What is most surprising is the speed with which he has improved his vision and passing out of double teams. I wasn’t expecting that for another year or two.
On TNT they keep reminding people this is after 4 months off so in a lot of ways for young guys this is another year in the NBA for them.
Especially players like Tatum who had a change in role and had all that time to look at the tape of how he gets defended in his new role and work on how he would counter that.