To me, Tatum’s biggest flaw this season has been consistency. If the team can stay healthy I expect him to become more consistent, and with that he’s going to be looking like a borderline top 5 instead of 10.
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Yeah I will say that if Tatum can get back to his career averages in terms of scoring efficiency at his current volume, he would certainly be in that conversation.
then he'd be scoring 27+ ppg on 49/38/84 shooting, with 6 FTA per game.
it would be good too if he could get back to generating steals and blocks at closer to the level he was at a couple years ago. he's fallen off a bit in those categories.
couple that improvement in scoring with continuing improvement in his playmaking (and maybe some better shot-making by teammates), and he could end up with a stat line something like:
27 pts, 8 reb, 5 ast, 1.5 stl, 1 blk ... 50/40/85
those are Durant-lite numbers, which seems like best case for Jayson
of course, part of that would also be the harder-to-quantify aspect of taking over in crunch time. you can't really have a good argument for top 5 / top 10, imo, if your team craps the bed constantly in the fourth quarter.