Jae’Sean Tate’s rookie campaign for the Houston Rockets has been one of the biggest surprises of the season. Undrafted out of Ohio State, Tate had to hone his craft in Belgium and Australia before signing with the Rockets this offseason.
Due to a litany of injuries, Tate is set to lead the Rockets in games and minutes this season and has been the lone constant throughout a tumultuous season. His ability to defend the perimeter and finish at the rim has allowed him to carve out a significant, although auxiliary, role with the Rockets this season.
While Tate is a rookie, he also happens to be 25-years-old and it’s a fair question to ask how much more upside does he have? Can his jump shot improve? Will he continue to grow as a defender? What’s his upside as a facilitator on offense? The current version of Tate is still a productive player, but does he have the ability to make the jump?
Based upon his rookie season, statistically, Tate looks the most like the rookie version of Paul George. George since then has morphed into a knockdown jump shooter, which makes the comparison more of a statistical curiosity, opposed to a statistical indicator.
However, there is another player that Tate shares much more in common with that appears to be a more logical avenue to stardom. If Jae’Sean Tate wants to make the jump he needs to tailor his game to emulate Draymond Green.
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