Jayson Tatum is having a hell of a year.
His season averages are 23, 7, and 3. But let’s take a deeper look at those numbers, shall we?
Per Statmuse, Tatum’s first 42 games this season he averaged 21.5 ppg on 43.5 fg% and three-point percentage of 36.6%.
The last 11 games since February 1st, Tatum has averaged 30.5 ppg on 51.4 fg% and three-point percentage of 50.0%.
What a leap! But what is the key difference?
Photos for proof: As of Jan 22, Tatum’s beard wasn’t fully connected. It was on Feb 1. pic.twitter.com/nzfdIh0Lk5
— StatMuse (@statmuse) February 27, 2020
Tatum worked with the late, great Kobe Bryant and was a fan growing up, so there is a strong possibility that this play of late is a tribute to the Laker Legend, or maybe this February boom is attributed to the absence of Celtic point guard Kemba Walker. Walker has missed the last three games and six out of the last 10.
But if I speak on what I do know, having a full beard is certainly a confidence booster for any man, and helps us all score a little bit more if ya know what I mean.