Jayson Tatum is working on three areas of his game to improve on for next season

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Jayson Tatum was a revelation for the Boston Celtics last season as he enjoyed a terrific rookie campaign.

The youngster took on a bigger responsibility after the horrific injury suffered by Gordon Hayward in the opening game against the Cleveland Cavaliers and he truly came of age. 

After a fine regular season, he took his game to new heights in the playoffs as he also filled the shoes of Kyrie Irving whose year ended after undergoing knee surgery in April. 

Tatum put up 13.9 points a night in 80 games but he improved that in the postseason as he became the team's leading scorer with 18.5 points. 

He played a key role in the Celtics' charge to the Eastern Conference Finals and proved that he's a real star in the making. 

Only scratching the surface

At just 20, it's scary to think how much better he can become and he's keen to maximise his potential. 

The Duke product is working with well-renowned NBA trainer Drew Hanlen this summer and is looking to improve certain aspects of his game. 

Hanlen has been training Tatum since he was 13 and he recently identified three key areas that he's focusing on this offseason. 

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“We’ve been working on continuing to improve his three-point numbers off the bounce,” Hanlen told Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype.

“A lot of people thought he couldn’t shoot when he was in college. Well, we knew he could shoot and we made a couple changes during pre-draft, and then he was one of the Top-10 three-point shooters in the NBA as a rookie, which is just unheard of.

"But we’re continuing to improve his range and his ability to knock shots down off the bounce – that’s one thing we’re working on.”

The small forward shot an impressive 43.4 percent from three-point range last year, which was the highest among his rookie class and eighth in the league overall. 

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“Number two is driving through contact,” said Hanlen.

“He’s really, really good at doing what LeBron James does at times, where he swipes off defenders when they try to start jamming him, but we noticed that he’d get bumped off of his line a little bit, so we want him taking an extra dribble and being able to use his body a bit more and be more physical while he’s driving – that’s the second thing we’re working on.

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“Then, the number three thing is playmaking for him as well. He’s a guy who is an automatic bucket; I think he’s one of the best bucket-getters in the NBA.

"We want him to make smart passes when teams double-team him and start throwing different rotations at him.”

If last year's number three pick is able to show an improvement in each area, it'll only enhance Boston's chances of making it to the NBA Finals. 

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