Jayson Tatum- 6-8, 210,

PF, Duke, 50.4% 2-P, 2.1 APG

6-11" WS, 34.2% 3-P, 6-10.5 SR,

16.8 PPG, 7.3 RPG,  1.3 SPG, and 1.1 BPG

Tatum: Part V: I'm Buying It.

(I Wear My Sunglasses At Night;)

By Tom Mahoney

I painted my face green. I'm wearing my shamrock magic underpants. But I am finding it very difficult to type with my giant green foam finger. "Itís dangerous to play too much into a 19-year-old kidís behavior," Ainge said. "But I think that, with all the things we do: from physical, emotional, mental, character, work ethic and their skills. Itís just really hard at 19. You hate to just be labeled what you are at 18." After watching even more Tatum Tapes while wearing my green sunglasses, I think most of his issues come from being 19.

You have to remember that most stars, like Tatum was in high school, are told by their high school coach to just, for Dr. Naismith sakes, just don't foul out on defense. "Iíve been in 21 Final Four games,Ē Krzyzewski said. "Thatís a lot of big games. You donít get there without these guys. But you have to have these guys, give them the freedom to be themselves. Jayson is still learning how to do that." Even top end college coaches are still reliant upon these kids, and would rather have them pull up a chair and watch on defense a little than foul out.

The first thing that Tatum has to learn is that everything in his life has changed, especially the way he plays, practices, and prepares for basketball. "Jayson is a high character guy," Ainge said. "We know he will get better because of his character and his work ethic." Which is why character, smarts, and work ethic are the only thing that matters for these young uber talents.

In a 1 through 10 NBA impact player chart, Tatum is a zero. "Duke was a great time for me," Tatum said. "Thereís so many things that I learned, especially from Coach K. I think just his passion and the confidence he gave me throughout Duke and how much he believed in me as a player, and when somebody like that believes in you, then it takes your game to a new level." He has to learn what it is to be an NBA first, as he grows into his body and learns the harsh realities of NBA life.

He has learned from the best in college, and now he has to focus on learning from some of the best in the NBA. "Coach K talked to me, we talked a lot during this process. But I think it was like right after they traded the pick," Tatum said. "He was just ranting about how great of a person Brad Stevens is. That Coach K would love the opportunity if they would pick me, and he really wanted me to go up there and work out for them. I was all for it. It worked out. I had a great time up there on my visit, and obviously they enjoyed me." Until you are playing 35 to 45 minutes a game, you cannot pull up a chair and watch a single defensive play.

And if you can do that, then there is a chance that you have a chance to be much more. "Jayson has a chance to be a special player in the NBA," Krzyzewski said. "He was that at Duke for one year. He's a kid that can go in and be a starter anywhere in the NBA. His game translates to the NBA maybe as well or better than anybody in the draft." These kids have absolutely no idea what they are in for.

There are as many pure busts as great NBA players taken at Pick Three in the NBA Draft. "Coach K talked to me," Tatum said. "We talked a lot during this process, but I think it was like right after [Ainge] traded the pick," Tatum said. "He called me and talked about that Boston wanted me to come up there for a workout, and he was just ranting about how great of a person Brad Stevens is, and that Coach K would love the opportunity if they would pick me, and he really wanted me to go up there and work out for them. I was all for it. It worked out. I had a great time up there on my visit, and obviously they enjoyed me." Everything is opposite now, Coach Steven doesn't give a crap if he fouls out of game (in fact, he would probably love the hustle that it would take defensively for Tatum to foul out in less than 15 minutes of playing time;).

Danny Ainge doesn't give a crap if the rookie hits a few Threes in the 2nd quarter. "It was a great compliment," Tatum said. "Iím excited Danny Ainge thinks that highly of me. Itís a great feeling. Being part of a great organization like the Celtics; think of all the great players of the past and you can follow in their footsteps." They are looking at the long road, not the short alley behind the Garden (which is now the David Ortiz alleyway now, right?;).

Think of Kendrick Brown drafted 11th by the Celtics (who was more physically talented and explosive off the floor than Tatum). Dennis Hopson was as skilled as anyone coming out of Ohio State as the 3rd pick in the Draft, and played five season (which is about a rookie contract now a days). How about back to back really talented scorers with 3rd overall picks in 1991 and 1992 of Billy Owen and Christian Laettner, both had great work ethics. Benoit Benjamin was said to be a great kid coming out of Creighton. 

Everybody was excited when Adam Morrison was on board in Portland with the 3rd overall pick, but he couldn't handle it mentally. "Heís a really skilled player, really talented scorer," Stevens said. "Great kid, great work ethic. Weíre excited to have him aboard." The work has only just begun for this kid.

He has the physical talent, and the knack for creating his own shot. "Iím just 19," Tatum said. "So Iím pretty sure my bodyís going to continue to fill out and see where I get; a comfortable playing weight." But he is a kid playing a kids game no longer. Basketball is smart-man's game.

Even the NBA game itself has changed into a pure run and gun League. "I think that we're all seeing the way the game has evolved," Ainge said. "And you really can't have too many versatile players that can play multiple defensive positions. I think that we, in Jayson and in Semi, and Kadeem Allen and Jabari Bird, they all sort-ah fit that category. The three of them are swing or wing players. Semi can play some of the Four, and Jayson can play some of the Four. We think in time. So yeah, that's the way the game is headed." They were picked to help their teams win games, when they are 23 and hopefully older.

But none of these kids are guaranteed to play past their rookie contracts. "The draft was very even we felt at the top," Ainge said. "All the way through maybe five or six. And it was very difficult. There was a lot of players we liked in this year's draft." Everything is mental in the NBA.

When you get sick on the road, 3,000 from home, it is time to play. "I wasnít feeling well at all," Tatum said about being sick when the Celtics worked him out. "But you canít make excuses, because there can be times in the future where thereís a game or playoff game where youíre not feeling well, and nobodyís going to care. Youíve got to produce. I knew the draft pick was on the line, that I had to really perform, and I think I did pretty well." There are no excuses in the NBA, only failed uber talents who never grew up.

Grown men have to stand up, take their cold medicines and antibiotics, and go to work (hey, I have been taking my antibiotics after having some very painful oral surgery, and you don't hear me complaining! I mean, before now;). "He was on antibiotics," Ainge said about his sick workout. "His nose was dripping. The whole deal. But he didnít complain. He showed up and made shots." That is a s good an indication he can succeed in the NBA as everything he did at Duke.

Everything is opposite now. Nothing he did in high school and college playing kids basketball amounts to a hill of beans in this crazy (NBA) world. It is now a constant fight for survival, and only the toughest, smarts, and most obsessive workers make it. They are all uber talented in the NBA. Just look at Semi Ojeleye, who will be Tatum's teammate in Summer League. The only chance he has of making the team is that Trader Danny trades so many player and uses up so much Cap Cash that the only player he can afford for the final spot on the roster is 2nd Round Cap Cash.

He seems like a nice dude. "Isaiah texted me on draft night: 'Congrats, welcome to the team and let's go to work,'" Semi said. "So I think it's big when you have guys like that to embrace the young guys. It was [pretty far out]. He didn't have to do that. So that's big time." He is a better player than Tatum is right now, today.

Semi is a harder worker than Tatum. He is a great basketball player, and very smart. "I think the front office does a great job of drafting guys who have that work ethic," Ojeleye said. "And that commitment to getting better, to hopefully get this organization back to where it was [the Finals baby!)." He is the best basketball player where ever he shows up, except on an NBA roster. 

He has no chance to make the team unless the Celtics trade or release seven or eight players in order to get the Cap Cash to get the Wing and a Prayer Three: George, Hayward, and maybe Blake. But if we were picking teams in a pick up game, today, I'd take Semi over Jayson and beat your ass. But, he is 22 and Tatum is still 19. That is the difference between a top three pick and the 2nd Round. And the edges are even sharper in the NBA.

 

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Fascist is as Fascist does. Beware American. President Jerkballs is pulling the cowardly republican Senate closer and closer to the cliff.

Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances:

THE DAY DEMOCRACY DIED. Only Dictators fire everyone who investigates their illegal and treasonous activity.

Impeachment Proceeding!

First off what Jared was doing is not a "Backdoor". A "Backdoor" is a legal way to have private conversations with other world leaders for the benefit of America. What Jared set up was a Covert/Illegal/treasonous communication with a foreign enemy who was ATTACKING US! And let's be clear again: 

Stop the madness of King George! Who cares! If Mad King George

Tweets inappropriate, down right dirty, disgusting, and insane tweets to talk show hosts

(excepts it proves how unstable and dangerous he is to America),

WHEN NEWS OF THE CONNECTION AND COLLUSION! OF 

TRUMP AND PUTIN WERE FINALLY FOUND

NOT THAT IT WAS A SURPRISE:

"In the interview with the Journal, Mr. Smith said he and his colleagues found five groups of hackers who claimed to possess Mrs. Clintonís deleted emails, including two groups he determined were Russians.
ď
We knew the people who had these were probably around the Russian government," Mr. Smith said.

"Mr. Smith said after vetting batches of emails offered to him by hacker groups last fall, 

he couldnít be sure enough of their authenticity to leak them himself."

Treason! 

"We told all the groups to give them to WikiLeaks," 

MR. SMITH said

"WikiLeaks has never published those emails or claimed to have them. 

Mr. Smith and one of his associates said they had a 

line of communication with Mr. Flynn and his consulting company."

A direct, and Treasonous, line to Trump!

TREASON!

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Tatum Vs Syracuse:

He does a nice job sliding down the Lane, but takes his eyes off the ball for some reason. Then he finally turns as he boxes out his man under the hoop. I like the shove off as he sees the ball go up (:21). They do like to use him for spacing on the floor (:32). He does a nice job spotting the trailer and hopping back to him (:47). He always looks like a better player when he uses his eyes on defense.

This is why Stevens likes him. They space the floor, and then kick it to Tatum for the corner three (:58). Watch this move. He shows how playing behind his eyes is gong to make him a very good player in the NBA. He sees the two defenders going one way. So he gives the slightest of shoulder fakes, and one dribble the other way for the open jumper (1:09). That is the kind of play that wins in the NBA. Recognizing defenders and knowing what they are trying to do, and using it against them.

YES! Watch the dish on the fastbreak. That is the most basic play in a smart man's game. You always pass it on a two on one (1:18). Pulls up a chair to watch. He needed to take rebounding position there (1:40). Nice job waiting on the weakside. Then the up fake and Three. That is a way to take a lot of Cap cash in the NBA (2:02). Any pass is a good thing from this kid (2:19). But I dig the sneaky slip pass enough to call Ainge a genius (I'm not wearing my green clover glasses;).

He's takes and holds weakside position on the boards (2:32). Hey! How'd he know I had some shake n' bake on my chicken last night (2:40). Great decision to swing it to his shooter in the corner (2:52). I like the focus, but, huh, then he got his ankle broken (3:07). You can longer disagree that he has a very long way to go on defense, and will be getting Young minutes next season.

But this is big. The little guy just broke his ankle, and then stopped to look at him before he shot a Three. That is as bad as it get on the court. But he comes right back, up fakes, one dribbles left, and knocks down the baseline jumper (3:23). This is as good as it gets (4:17). He gets the ball at the angle. Instead of faking, he dribbles the ball behind the defender. He burst past him to the right with his feet and inside hand. He beats #25 with one step, and when #12 cuts him off, he hooks a beautiful kick out pass to his shooter. Then watch him as he goes down and grabs weakside rebounding position. I believe.

He plays a little defense behind his eyes, and slaps at the ball as the little PG slashes behind him (4:28). He tries to help his teammate again by slapping at the slasher (5:12). If you can catch and shoot Threes on the wing, you can play for Stevens (5:39). He sees his teammate in trouble, and steps up to help again (5:51). If you can shoot the angle Three, Isaiah will find you (6:32). He steps over to help (6:32). But that is token defense. That is "I don't wanna foul out" defense.

I do wonder sometimes how he would look in a fastbreak situation running with Isaiah (6:58). He gets the nice pass for the open Three, but he makes me happy instead. A little up fake, and he kicks it back to his shooter. That is how teams are made (7:27). I heard he was a good passer but I never saw it  (7:41). He spots his Big on the side of the basket all alone. This is a great play by a kid, and a plays that has to be made if you want to play basketball like an adult. I AM SOLD.

Great hustle to cut off the little PG, who was just killing them with his scoring, and forcing him to pass. And then he continues to rebounding position (7:55). He uses the pick well, and kicks it. But watch him continue. He gets himself open, and receives the pass, and then snaps it back to his Big hiding on the baseline behind him, again (8:12). That is a 2nd or 3rd level pass. Where he knew what was going on before it happened. You can't play better behind your eyes than that.

He steps out on the pick nicely and switches, but he gives him righty. He crosses over, and Tatum forces him into a tough contested fall away (8:47). Nice job finding his shooter in traffic with a slick bounce pass (9:02). Nice job on defense. Then he starts to box him out, but doesn't use his elbow. So he lost rebounding position (9:48). He has the angle, but doesn't hustle to cut him (10:24). His teammate pays the price. 

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Tatum Vs Syracuse 

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Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances:

THE DAY DEMOCRACY DIED. Only Dictators fire everyone who investigates their illegal and treasonous activity.

Impeachment Proceeding!

First off what Jared was doing is not a "Backdoor". A "Backdoor" is a legal way to have private conversations with other world leaders for the benefit of America. What Jared set up was a Covert/Illegal/treasonous communication with a foreign enemy who was ATTACKING US! And let's be clear again: 

"The operation Mr. Smith described is consistent with information that has been examined by U.S. investigators probing Russian interference in the elections. Those investigators have examined reports from intelligence agencies that describe Russian hackers discussing:

 how to obtain emails from Mrs. Clintonís server, 

and then transmit them to Mr. Flynn 

via an intermediary," 

[then to Trump himself!]

"according to U.S. officials with knowledge of the intelligence. It isnít clear who that intermediary might have been or whether Mr. Smithís operation was the one allegedly under discussion by the Russian hackers. The reports were compiled during the same period when Mr. Smithís group was operating, according to the officials."

TREASON!

 

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Tatum: Part IV: Oopsy.

By Tom Mahoney

In all the excitement of the George trade, another little tidbit has been missing. That has been the Blake Griffin and the Clippers pick. What if Hayward takes the money and stays with Utah. I think Griffin, and his rebounding and inside presence is more what the Celtics need than Hayward. But I would take Hayward over Griffin because when a guy gets injured every year? Then he gets injured every year. 

But having him as a "back up plan" is both interesting and enticing (because he could decide this is the place once the Celtics get George and Hayward;). I mean, getting all three would be pushing it right: Isaiah, Gordon, George, Griffin, and Horford. Maybe that's just following the rainbow to a fictional pot o' gold. However, the missing piece is that it is suddenly in the Celtics interests to get Blake away from the Clippers in more ways than one. 

Blake is not a scrub either. He is on George's and Hayward's level (for 60 or so games a year;). He is also younger than you think. And positionally he fits what the Celtics need more. Of course as the NBA becomes more "positionless" having four wings who can shoot score and defend (at least three anyway;) is what the Warriors have done. So Hayward and George is a tad more enticing.

A lineup of Isaiah, Hayward, Brown, George, and Horford could get them to the Finals. But a lineup of Isaiah, Brown, George, Griffin, and Horford can get to the Finals as well, and would give them two bigger wings to cover LaBron in George and Griffin (and Brown to add some fouls as well;). But the most interesting aspect is that signing Blake (and maybe Gordon and George could be persuaded to take a little less? To get it done? No;), would leave the Clippers with only one All-Star in Jordan, and he is not leading any team to the Playoffs.

In case you forgot there's a new Sheriff in Clipper town. "Wanna know Jerry West's influence on the Clippers?," Shelburne tweeted. "You're seeing it. He was not in favor of the 'just bring everyone back' plan." Well it NOW seems that he is in full tank mode so he doesn't have to give a 1st Round pick to the Celtics/

Chris Paul is gone. If Griffin leaves the Clippers? Their pick is an instant Lottery pick. Now it has some wacky protections....

Correction: If the Celtics don't get the Clipper pick, which they now won't, until 2021, it turns into a 2nd. So it is now completely, absolutely, and utterly useless. Just the like the three 2nds we exercised in this Draft. 

The dismantling of the Clippers has suddenly become of great interest to the Celtics. With Paul gone, and Griffin already halfway out the door (Clippers have already said they won't give him a Max deal)? The Clippers would be better off ditching DeAndre Jordan to ensure Lottery tickets over the next two seasons, so they can keep them.  

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Meanwhile, Hayward is setting up meetings with Miami first, and then likely the Celtics. "The Celtics haven't nailed a date down to meet with Gordon Hayward yet," Blakely tweeted. "But the C's will get to make their pitch says league source." Plus, they had a nice recruiting visit at the All Star Game. And who can beat their pitch of a Big Four with: Isaiah, George and/or Griffin, Gordon, and Horford?

I think the deal is done with the Celtics. "Miami Heat reportedly first up with Gordon Hayward in three-team race for Jazz forward." But the questions are does Hayward's wife want the beaches of Miami? The Max Deal of Utah? Or playing in the Finals with the Celtics? There are rumors that he will fly up to Boston on Saturday to meet with Danny and Brad.

But there is trouble in Paradise. Danny is taking a big risk not sealing the deal with Indy now while he has the chance. "For Boston, hereís the hitch," Woj wrote. "While Indiana believes Boston can offer the best possible package, the Pacers may be unwilling to wait until the start of July free agency on Bostonís timetable and could turn toward making a deal elsewhere for George, league sources told The Vertical." Of course, that is likely BS as all teams are waiting for the start of the fiscal season on July 1st.

The Clippers, Pacers, and Celtics are all tying up last seasons fiscally and legally this week. So Saturday is the day that every team will know where they stand financially. Indy has been blowing a lot of smoke, but they are in pure reboot mode, and getting a couple of young veterans to lead their team, AND THE LAKERS/KINGS LOTTERY PICK allows them to actually be able to win a little after the reboot.

They are not going to get a better deal than that anywhere. They want to win, but not win too much and get caught in the middle. They have a couple of good youngsters that they want to develop, they don't want to get caught in the middle again. No other team can offer the Celtics combination of contracts for a couple of good young veteran leaders, and an all but assured top Lottery Pick. 

So most of the heat from Indy is in a rush is a bunch of media BS. The Pacers have to get there end of the NBA year in order as well, and on Saturday all NBA teams will know what they have and don't have under the Cap exactly. However, the Hayward stuff is a little more scary. Hayward's' wife is getting letters from kids in Utah begging her to stay. And let's face it, wives' love beaches. 

So not only do we all have a reason to believe that Danny can get these deals done? But I believe they are all but done. Danny has enough ammo to send to Indy, no matter what they ask, and still have the Nets pick and a couple of back up 2021 picks. So give them Bradley, Crowder, and my guy Smart. "He's an awesome player," Smart said about Hayward. "Heís a dude who understands the game really well." Give them the Sixers/Lakers/Kings pick, and an actual Celtics pick or two over the next few years. Who gives a crap! They need to do everything, except trade the Nets picks, to get the big four (or five;) of Isaiah, Gordon, George, and Horford (and Griffin;)!

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I also think I may have been looking at the Cap cash wrong. It is the Celtics who are looking to send 125% over to the Pacers, and not the other way around. The Celtics are giving up a ton for a dude that could still be one and done for them. Until he signs that extension, he is a one and done dude. 

Which is also more luck going in the Celtics way. If they clear enough cash off the Cap they might have enough for a sign and trade with the Clippers, who are in desperate need of rebooting Draft Picks. If the report that the Celtics want to send a contract along with Crowder and/or Bradley to the Pacers? Then they want to send Zeller as well. The trade of Bradley, Crowder, and Zeller for George works on the Cap Cash machine. AND, it send 22.5-Mil in Cap cash to the Pacers.

That is a big haul for Indy for a one and done dude. So maybe Danny is saying he wants them to take Zeller as part of the positives for the Celtics. Because ditching Zeller's contract (who makes a tick below Isaiah) is a big deal for the Celtics to acquire Hayward (and maybe Blake;). It would give the Celtics another 3.5-Mil in Cap cash to play with (Plus! We get to keep my dude Smart:).

And, you know, they'll have to give up the Sixers pick. Which is not what we want, but it can't turn into Otto Porter, and the Nets pick can. So I believe. I believe that Trader Danny can pull this off. As Saturday gets closer and closer, and no knew news from the Pacers camp about trading George springs up? It just makes it more and more likely. And no news has hit about trading George to another team in a day or two. 

No new quotes from anywhere within either team. When it goes dead silent like this? Than the deal has finally been scratched out, and they are just waiting for something (like Hayward's decision and, huh-duh, the NBA fiscal year to end;). Plus, Indy knows how hard it is to work out Cap Space and entice a veteran free agent. They know Danny isn't trying to shine them on. And that if they get into a similar position that they would want the same respect from another GM. So? I believe!

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Fascist is as Fascist does. Beware American. President Jerkballs is pulling the cowardly republican Senate closer and closer to the cliff.

Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances:

THE DAY DEMOCRACY DIED. Only Dictators fire everyone who investigates their illegal and treasonous activity. 

Impeachment Proceeding!

First off what Jared was doing is not a "Backdoor". A "Backdoor" is a legal way to have private conversations with other world leaders for the benefit of America. What Jared set up was a Covert/Illegal/treasonous communication with a foreign enemy who was ATTACKING US! And let's be clear again: 

TREASON!

"A GOP operative portrayed Mike Flynn as an ally in trying," WSJ tweeted. "Independent of the Trump campaign, to find Clinton emails"

As Trump gets more and more unstable, and the thought of the unthinkable

(a mentally unstable, lunatic-President pushing the button)

 becomes more likely than not! 

IT IS TIME FOR THE COWARDLY CONGRESS TO DO

THE RIGHT AND ONLY THING THAT CAN BE DONE

TO STOP THEIR MENTALLY UNBALANCED BOY!

IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDING MUST BEGIN IMMEDIATELY:

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Tatum Vs UNC:

He finally gets in and works his way through traffic to get position for the weakside rebound (1:09). He gets into position for the D-rebound (1:19). This is what I want to see (1:40). He breaks down the smaller defender with his dribble. He goes hard right. Watch him play behind his eyes. As soon as he sees the double, he picks up the dribble, and hits his shooter in the corner. Watch as he moves his feet to pick the other defender and give his shooter more time. He's paying some second level basketball. That's was a reason to believe.

Offensively he always plays behind his eyes. You can see him peeking over at the play. Once his teammate has the ball, watch the quick burst towards the basket behind the defender. One thing that will serve him well in the NBA is his instincts with his quick burst to the basket (1:48). Here he is way out in space defending the small guy. If he wants to be a Wing and not just a PF, he has to do this (1:09). He uses his long right arm to force the jumper. The scouting report told him not to let him go left, but I'd have liked to see him extend the left hand and make him go left. And he certainly has to get lower in his stance.

Nice job fighting with the much bigger Big (NBA PF) for rebounding position. He takes the bump, and you can see he gets in a couple of elbows to take position back (2:02). Watch the nice quick feet to move laterally into defensive position on the switch. That was excellent. Then he sticks his hand up, and kind of avoids fouling more than plays defense (2:15). He gets a great box out with his butt, hip, and nice elbow on the really big Big (3:23). But can't hold the box out as the big Big slides through his elbow.

This is why Danny likes him (3:16). He gets way to ridiculously high, and lets the little PG go left, even though he showed he didn't want him to left when last he faced him (3:21). Solid back pick to get his shooter open from Three (3:28). A little lazy in the high post (4:20). He slides under his teammate laterally well, to not get in the way when he sees the pass (4:23). He bumps the smaller quicker guy in the paint (4:23). An uncovered PF slides down to the Post. He does a good job splitting the two forwards. He gets low and stays in position to try block the pass, but the pass is to good. That was good defense. 

That is a lot of room to run down the lane for the weakside rebound. But stopping and watching works as well (4:46). He lets his eyes lose the ball on defense (4:54). I like how he gets himself into position for the kick out, twice (5:03). This time he is rewarded (5:10). High post defense on the slick Wing (5:16). He fails to switch and gives up the freebie.

He starts to box out the big Big with his elbow, but doesn't use his hip and butt (5:30). He has a nice lane to the weakside, but hops into the corner to get position for the Three (5:41). Great job on the switch and cutting off the much smaller PG (5:46). Then he slides down the lane nicely to get weak side position. A play like that makes me think he can play some Wing. But remember he will be getting much bigger and stronger over the next few years.

Great job staying between the PF and the basket as he moves down the lane into rebounding position. Then a little bump. He needed a little hip, butt, or elbow there (6:24). Oh! Watch the Pierce like lefty crossover (6:34). He doesn't help on the pick, and then doesn't box out his man, and lets him take rebounding position from him (7:16). He looked like a 19-year old kid there.

He does a nice job using his elbow in post defense (7:22). Nice screen to free up his scorer, but then runs away from rebounding position (7:29). Nice job using his elbow while moving laterally.  (7:39). Nice job sliding off his man to get into position to defend the shot (7:55). Nice job getting open to receive the ball (8:04). Jackson plays him lefty. So he goes hard right. Jackson cuts him off nicely. But I'll take the guy who can play with his elbows any day.

Nice job keeping weakside rebounding position (8:15). Slides through the paint to get perfect rebounding position (8:44). It was a little late, but this is what a hustling weak side offensive rebound looks like (instead of pulling up a chair and watching). I like how he helped his teammate up (8:53). Watch how he moves around to get rebounding position (9:23). Played better at the end of the season, but still pulled up a chair a little too much.

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