Thursday, September 17, 2020

Jayson Tatum named to All-NBA Third Team, eligible for 'super max' extension

Jayson Tatum has reached yet another career milestone at age of 22-years and 163 days old.

The rising young Celtics star was named to the All-NBA Third Team on Wednesday, joining Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons, Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook.

Tatum becomes the youngest in franchise history to receive All-NBA honors, joining Ed Macauley (22 years old and 361 days), who was selected All-NBA First Team back in 1951 and is also the first Celtic since Isaiah Thomas (All-NBA Second Team) in 2017 to receive such league wide recognition.

In just year three, Tatum had a breakout season taken his game to another level, averaging career highs in points (23.4), rebounds (7.0) and assists (3) in 66 games, due to a COVID shortened 2019-20 campaign. He shot 45 percent from the field and 40.3 percent from 3-point range.

The Celtics forward also made his first All-Star appearance this year and was named Player of the Month back in February.

Tatum has improved on his regular season average so far in the playoffs, leading the Celtics with 25.7 points and 10.4 rebounds, while also dishing out 4.3 assists per game and currently playing in his second East Finals.

With this All-NBA nod, Tatum would be eligible for a "Super Max" extension, also known as the Derrick Rose Rule, meaning the third-year forward can sign a five-year extension that could pay him up to 30 percent of the salary cap instead of a typical "max salary" rookie-scale extension that would pay him as much as 25 percent.

According to A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston, Tatum's base salary of a potential super-max extension, which wouldn't kick in until the start of the 2021-22 season, would be worth $37.5 million in year one and $215 million for the duration of a five-year contract.

Tatum, the No. 3 pick for the Celtics back in 2017, is the only player from his draft class to already have an All-NBA selection under his belt, while being the best player on a championship contender.

Boston trails in the Eastern Conference Finals 1-0 to the Miami Heat and resume their series Thursday night at 7 pm EST on ESPN.   

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of CBS Sports

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