Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum has enjoyed a sensational season and it could still get even better as he may win an NBA championship in his first year in the league.
The C's currently hold a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference Finals series with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Tatum has played a huge role in their postseason run.
The 20-year-old has stepped up to the plate offensively in the absence of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.
His performances have caught the attention of many people, including future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant.
The Los Angeles Lakers legend has been working with ESPN to create special videos called 'Detail' where he analyses the game and helps fans understand specific plays by breaking it down.
The focus of his latest episode was Tatum as he critiqued the youngster's game during their series with the Cavs.
When one of the best players in NBA history breaks your game down and offers you ways to improve, it would be foolish not to listen and take it on board.
The Duke product certainly wasn't going to pass this up and was honoured to get advice from Bryant, admitting that he watched the video 25 times.
"That was really cool for me. Growing up, [Bryant] was my favourite player. That was really a special moment for me," Tatum said, per ESPN's Chris Forsberg.
"I've probably watched [the video] like 25 times already. It's very helpful information that I can take with me."
Tatum is Boston's leading scorer in the playoffs averaging 18.1 points per game which is up from the 13.9 he posted in the regular season.
He was the only Celtics player to have performed well in a crushing Game 3 loss to the Cavs on Saturday night as he led them with 18 points on an efficient 6-of-10 shooting.
The number three overall pick has played more like a seasoned veteran than a rookie in his first campaign and is already developing into a star in the making.
The future is extremely bright for Tatum and it's clear that he'll be a vital part of this Celtics teams for years to come.
His production in the postseason has made it possible for Boston to be within two wins of their first NBA Finals appearance since 2010.
Despite their huge 30-point defeat in Cleveland, they're still in control of the series and can take a commanding 3-1 lead with a win in Game 4 on Monday night.
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