The coach tells his players to let it fly and that green light extends from Al Horford – who rarely makes a wrong decision – all the way down to Smart, who is statistically one of the worst shooters in the league. No basketball player has any business passing up open shots to make sure to take one that’s challenged by a defender instead. Tatum’s adjustment was a major reason he made All-NBA last year, so I’d say my concerns were justified. Otherwise, I’d rather players play the game in the way that makes most sense to them.
Jaylen on being asked to take more 3-pointers/get to the rim: “I believe in our coaching staff, and I believe in what they put in front of me. …The midrange shot is a comfortable shot for me, but I want to do what’s best for our team.”
– Tom Westerholm March 23, 2021
If Jaylen and the coaching staff are on the same page, then so be it, but this is entirely different than dealing with Tatum’s shot selection because Jaylen was knocking midrangers down at an absurd rate before knee issues and some expected regression.