Celtics forward Jayson Tatum has been named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, the league announced early Tuesday afternoon.
The 2017-18 NBA All-Rookie First Team! @spidadmitchell @BenSimmons25 @jaytatum0 @kylekuzma @MarkkanenLauri pic.twitter.com/9Sk3KGHlOI— NBA (@NBA) May 22, 2018
Tatum is joined by fellow Rookie of The Year finalists; Donovan Mitchell and Ben Simmons, along with Kyle Kuzma and Lauri Markkanen.
Tatum, who leads the Celtics in playoff scoring, was not unanimously voted to the first team like Mitchell and Simmons were, as the 20-year-old had one mere voter believe he should have been on the second team.
Donovan Mitchell and Ben Simmons unanimously headline 2017-18 NBA All-Rookie First Team! pic.twitter.com/XNmLHgEqiU— NBA Draft (@NBADraft) May 22, 2018
Celtics coach Brad Stevens weighed in on Tatum missing out on a unanimous selection to the NBA All-Rookie First Team by one vote.
"Somebody made a mistake," said Stevens, who has relied heavily on the former No. 3 pick in last year's draft. "He's had an unbelievable rookie year. ... I know that any awards that come his way is well-deserving."Paul Pierce, who recently had kind words to say about Tatum just a few days ago when asked about similarities in one another's game, believes Tatum will "win more championships" than the rest of the All-Rookie team combined, when the teams were announced.
Tatum becomes the first Celtics rookie to be honored on the all-rookie team since Pierce in 1999
Whether it's high praise from his coach or a Celtics legend, Tatum should be proud on one of his first major accomplishments in the NBA, as he is a huge reason his team is currently in the Eastern Conference Finals, despite injuries to Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.
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