Celtics

Don’t let Jayson Tatum’s lights-out shooting distract you from his increasingly impressive dunk reel

Or at least just appreciate them both.

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Jayson Tatum dunks the ball during a game last month against the Indiana Pacers. Andy Lyons / Getty Images

Jayson Tatum is on pace for a historically good shooting season, and not only for a rookie.

While his three-point shooting percentage has fallen over the course of the last month, Tatum is still making 45 percent of his shots from long distance, currently good for seventh in the entire NBA. In fact, at this pace, Tatum would become just the second Celtic to ever shoot 45 percent from deep on at least two three-point shots a game and 400 minutes played. The first was Ray Allen. Tatum would also become just the fourth rookie ever to accomplish such a feat.

However, as impressive as Tatum’s knockdown shooting has been, it has somewhat overshadowed how fearless the 19-year-old has been attacking the rim. Some people didn’t even know he could dunk.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves’ 7-foot center Karl-Anthony Towns learned firsthand Friday night.

The top-1o play-leading dunk was hardly the first time Tatum put an opponent on a poster.

In a game last month against the Indiana Pacers, the rookie punched home not one but two powerful slams over defenders. The first one came on Domantas Sabonis.

Just one quarter later, he threw down an emphatic dunk against multiple defenders.

In a November game against the Dallas Mavericks, he finished a similar driving dunk over 6-foot-11 Maxi Kleber.

There was also this nasty put-back in traffic against the New York Knicks in October.

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In fact, Tatum’s first NBA points came in an alley-oop over former Celtics-turned-Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jae Crowder.

Did we mention he’s only 19?