I agree with this, I like Tatum a lot, but when I watched the youtube highlights I was hoping for more drives and quality moves. What I saw was him hit a lot of contested 3's.
28 pts, 8 reb vs Virginia - 2/15/2017
Prob his game of the year so far
Meh. Just got hot and hit a bunch of low percentage shot attempts that he will normally not hit.
I think Tatum has shown more in other games. More moves. Better shot selection. Whether with his driving or his mid post game. Against Virginia, a bad 3 point shooter just got hot. Had a lucky shooting night. Not that impressive.
At least he did it against a good defense. Isn't UVA known for their defense?
I'm a big Tatum fan though, I think he could be a big time scorer in the NBA, but I don't think last game showed the best that he can do.
I think with each game you are just looking for signs of what a guy can do. They arent going to do the same thing in each game. Sometimes teams dictate what you can do based on your perceived weakness and he showed that he is capable of hitting the shot.
Tatum is a shot maker and not a shooter which Im totally fine with. Butler is a shot maker and not a shooter and many would give up a ton to get him. He like Brown would benefit from a team like Boston because they were by far used to doing everything for their respective teams in HS that their was a real adjustment period for both. Brown all of a sudden had alot less space and didnt play an open floor game. For Tatum he had other scorers on the team that could actually score which both he and Brown only dealt with when playing on Team USA.
Here is what I see. I see a guy in Tatum who tried to do everything while he teammates were also trying to to everything and it exposed the weaknesses of all the players at this team. Each were still effective but became really inefficient. As roles got defined, his efficiency and effectiveness went up because he didnt have to do as much to get his buckets but his skill level was still just as high which says to me if you put him on a team like Boston he can be effective and really grow and eventually have huge nights like the other night.