Jayson Tatum has established himself as a star in the NBA. In his sixth season in the league, the Boston Celtics star has continued to elevate his game to a new level. Even stars are capable of making mistakes, however, and Tatum is no different.
The 2021-2022 Eastern Conference Finals MVP had an ugly miscue against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. With the Celtics leading 30-16 late in the first quarter, Tatum was alone on the fastbreak for what appeared to be an uncontested breakaway dunk.
Instead, however, Tatum lost control of the ball as he elevated for the flush. Rather than an easy two points, Tatum ended up being charged with a turnover as the ball deflected off the backboard and into the hands of Hawks forward AJ Griffin.
Check out Jayson Tatum's Shaqin A Fool moment below:
Despite missing out on an easy two points, Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics were able to pull out a 126-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. The Celtics improved to 12-3 on the season, while the Hawks fell to 9-6.
Jayson Tatum's Shaqtin A Fool moment was his second in five days
Tatum was involved in another potential Shaqin A Fool play this past Saturday. The three-time All-Star was trailing teammate Marcus Smart on the fast break when the 2021-2022 Defensive Player of the Year tried to throw Tatum an alley-oop off of the backboard.
Tatum, however, was unable to control the pass as he attempted to throw down a one-handed dunk. While he was able to save the ball from going out of bounds, Smart missed an open three-pointer.
Check out Jayson Tatum's previous entry for Shaqtin A Fool below:
Jayson Tatum has continued to elevate his game in 2022-2023
Tatum entered the 2022-2023 season fresh off of leading the Boston Celtics to an NBA Finals appearance. Additionally, he is coming off of three consecutive All-Star appearances and back-to-back All-NBA selections. Tatum, however, has taken his game to another level this season.
Through 15 games, Tatum is averaging a career-high 31.1 points per game, while shooting 48.1% from the field, 36.4% from three-point range, and 87.0% from the free-throw line. Additionally, he is averaging 7.4 rebounds per game, 4.1 assists per game, 1.4 blocks per game, and 0.9 steals per game. While he is still only 24 years old, Tatum has already established himself as one of the NBA's premier talents.