NBA skills coach Drew Hanlen discusses Gordon Hayward’s recovery, Jayson Tatum’s development

NBA skills coach Drew Hanlen discusses Gordon Hayward’s recovery, Jayson Tatum’s development

Drew Hanlen is the CEO of the basketball training company Pure Sweat and an NBA strategic skills coach and consultant who works with elite NBA talent on a daily basis.

Some of this talent just so happens to be the Celtics’ own Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum.

Hanlen joined Alex Kennedy on the HoopsHype podcast to discuss the progress the Hayward has made in his recovery and the developments Jayson Tatum is making ahead of his sophomore season in the pros.

Videos have surfaced recently of Hayward working out in the gym, hitting jumpers and driving to the lane. All signs point toward a 100 percent recovery, something that Hanlen echoes.

“[Hayward’s] doing really well. He’s up to full speed workouts now, so he’s able to do everything. There are no limitations in his workouts,” Hanlen said. “And in the next week or two, he’ll be able to start competing again which will be awesome because we’ll be able to make adjustments for when he starts playing live.”

On top of the injury recovery, Hanlen explained that he’s working with Hayward to improve some facets of his game.

“His biggest thing is being able to create his own shot, we want him to be able to create his own shot better. Playmaking is number two, being able to drive and kick and become a better passer,” Hanlen explained.

“And then number three is getting a mid-post game because we know a lot of teams in the NBA are switching one-through-four or one-through-five with ball screens.  And especially with the Celtics with Al Horford as their five sometimes. … Gordon can get involved as the screener and get smaller guys on him.”

For as much work as Hanlen has done with Hayward, he’s done much more with Tatum throughout the years. The skills coach explained he’s known Tatum since the rookie sensation was just 13 years old.

“I think Jayson’s a star, I think he’ll be an all-star this year,” Hanlen said. “We’ve been working on improving his three-point numbers off the bounce. A lot of people thought he couldn’t shoot in college, we knew he could shoot. We made some changes pre-draft and he became one of the top-ten three-point shooters in the NBA as a rookie which is unheard of.”

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