Rockets’ five-game road trip brought out the best of Jae’Sean Tate
Since last year, Jae’Sean Tate has become a proven undrafted rookie from overseas with the Houston Rockets. He averaged 11.3 points per game, 5.3 rebounds and shot 50.6% from the field. Those efforts on the ground have reclaimed the first team All-Rookie 2021. It was an astonishing previous year for Tate after taking a high trip from Ohio State.
Tate played a year away from home but managed to impress Rafael Stone averaging 16.4 points per game, 6.0 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 65.8 percent shots from the field. Its 6’4 ” frame introduces opponents to intimidating ball, excellent footwork, tenacity, the ability to move without the basketball and formidable defense. Tate played basketball really well during the Rockets’ five-game road trip after a slow start.
Over the five games, Tate averaged 15 points, shot 58.3% from the field with an effective goals score of 63.5%, 38.5% from beyond the perimeter and 102.1 offensive and 109 , 1 defensive.
On the second night against the Los Angeles Lakers, Tate showed his defense and ability to move without the basketball. Coach Silas will move Tate to the corner for a wide open look, as Kevin Porter Jr. operates on the pick-and-roll with Alperen Sengun, Daniel Thies and Christian Wood. Tate can also be used in screen actions, such as ghost actions, which might look like a backdoor cut. It is effective without the sneaker, as Tate continually uses the “45 degree cut” method. It’s a simple cut in the middle of the paint, which is used around the NBA.
When Tate cuts with basketball, he scores 1.10 points per possession, or 2.2 points per game.
Silas has also accommodated Tate’s needs by performing double-prong sets so he can use his versatile skills to create dribbling if some other action isn’t there. Tate isn’t afraid to get his own shot when the game goes down. As I already mentioned in the corner, Tate is 57.1% in the right corner. The Rockets technical staff know their shooting spots. Tate is a better shooter in the catch-and-shoot method, shooting 46.2% in the effective field goal category. Silas likes to keep it spaced so the pick-and-roll can take place for an open shot.
Tate can be effective in transition and drive for the Rockets. He can bounce back and speed up the tempo on the court. His strength around the rim allows him to finish on setbacks, workouts and hard knocks. When Tate was in high school, his dad taught him a variety of post-up moves because he was a big man. Tate has great footwork in the open court and on the lower block. He has an average of 3.9 drives, which gives 2.2 points per game in this category. Tate plays with his opponents on the lower block. He kills the opposing player in post-ups, as he shoots from 50% of the field.
At 230 pounds, Tate is a freight train in transition because of his massive shoulder, as he shatters defenders entering their chests. Tate uses the strength of his upper body to finish on top of his defender. In transition, Tate scores 1.32 points per position and is in the 80.3 percentile. He has excellent short vision and creates space during the transition.
Tate’s strongest trait is DEFESNE. In that five-game streak, Tate kept Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Nikola Jokic. His excellent footwork, size and strength allow it for anyone in the league. He even held Booker and Paul 3-11 shots from the field. Tate can keep 1-5 in defense. If Tate continues to play a disciplined defense, he can be one of the best defensemen in the league. Silas is stunned to see Tate take on these defensive challenges. Silas said:
Is Jae ‘Sean Tate’s defense good?!?! Extremely good !. He defended well against Nikola Jokic, Lebron James and Anthony Davis.
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“It’s his mentality. Its versatility is great. His strength and size are excellent for our group. He wanted to keep these guys and wants to be in these situations. He wants to be the stopper in the home stretch, so he was really, really good tonight. His score and his broken glass, then his defense. It’s good for a second-year player, ”said Silas.
During the season, Tate has a defensive rating of 105.9 and believes he can be a top defenseman. Tate said.
“I feel like I can be an elite defender and the coach trusts me to keep the best players on the opposing team.”