James averaged almost 30 points on 58 percent shooting to down the Celtics in five games of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Each of Cleveland’s four victories were decided by double figures, including a Game 2 beatdown that featured a record 41-point halftime lead.
Boston’s only win came in Game 3, and Thomas didn’t even play. Instead, Smart scored 27 to lead six Celtics scoring in double digits.
The Celtics, who had the regular season crown, never stood a chance. With Hayward, they do.
Hayward averaged 22 points on 40 percent shooting from three to push Utah to its first playoff appearance since 2012 and its best season since Jerry Sloan was head coach. Save for Game 3 (only nine minutes played due to illness), he averaged 27 points to lead the Jazz past the Los Angeles Clippers in seven games in the opening round of the playoffs.
To be fair, Tatum also had the highest free throw percentage of any player in this group at 84.9 percent in college. He’s kept that up in summer league, hitting 21 of his 23 shots from the charity stripe.
Finding easy buckets doesn’t just apply to Tatum as a scorer — it matters as a passer, too. Tatum’s biggest weakness as a college player was that he struggled to create for others. He finished his lone season at Duke with 76 turnovers to 62 assists.
That trend has continued in summer league. Tatum currently has 12 turnovers against seven assists through five games. Tatum should get better in this area as time goes on, especially under Cheap Vikings Jerseys a coach who emphasizes sharing the ball like Brad Stevens.
He better. How he grows as a passer will determine his NBA future as Cheap Vintage NHL Jerseys much as anything else.