Jayson Tatum might not be playing with the Celtics’ Summer League team, but he’s still going toe-to-toe with some of the NBA’s best young talent during the offseason.
The 20-year-old is coming off a strong rookie season in which he became a focal point of the Celtics’ playoff offense. Based on a newly released video from trainer Drew Hanlen’s company, Pure Sweat Basketball, Tatum is looking to build on his NBA debut by practicing against elite competition.
Among other players shown in the day-in-the-life video of Hanlen’s busy training schedule (including fellow Celtic Semi Ojeleye), Tatum is seen squaring off against Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers and Mohamed Bamba of the Orlando Magic.
Embiid could be heard early in the encounter trying to claim first possession. Tatum, who took exception, justified getting the ball first with a simple fact.
“I beat you in the playoffs,” Tatum can be heard saying.
The Celtic wing nailed several fadeaway shots against his bigger opponents (he plays Bamba after Embiid). Bamba was recently drafted by the Magic and will be a rookie in the 2018-2019 season.
Spread across three workouts shown in the video is Embiid’s teammate (who the Celtics traded the rights for in order to get Tatum), guard Markelle Fultz. The 2017 No. 1 overall pick was hurt for most of last season, and is working to get back to the form that made him such a coveted draft selection.