Friday, February 3, 2023

Jaylen Brown named as reserve in 2023 NBA All-Star Game

The NBA announced the reserves Thursday night for the 2023 All-Star Game and Jaylen Brown was officially named one of seven spots via the Eastern Conference coaches.

The Celtics wing will be making his second All-Star appearance and the first since the 2020-21 season.

Brown is averaging a career-best 27.0 points and 7.1 rebounds, while shooting 49.1% from the field and 33.7% from three-point range to go along with 3.2 assists per game this season for the Celtics -- who have the league's best record of 37-15 -- following a 139-96 beat down of the Brooklyn Nets at home Wednesday.
"[I found out] on Twitter," Brown said during Friday's post-practice presser. "[Brad Stevens] sent me a nice text, but I saw it on Twitter... we've got more important things to worry about. I don't want to sound ungrateful or anything, I think it is a tremendous honor to be recognized amongst the best..."
The Celtics will be well represented at All-Star Weekend with Brown, Jayson Tatum (voted as a starter), and Joe Mazzulla (plus his coaching staff) all heading to Salt Lake City later this month.

Brown finished third amongst guards in the voting for starters, missing out on one of two spots as a guard to Donovan Mitchell of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kyrie Irving of the Nets (for now) were the only players ahead of him -- he was third in player voting, third in fan voting, and second in media voting.

Joining Brown as All-Star reserves in the East will be Joel Embiid, Jrue Holiday, DeMar DeRozan, Julius Randle, Tyrese Haliburton, and Bam Adebayo. The starting lineup is made up of Tatum, Mitchell, Irving, Giannis Antetokounmpo (captain), and Kevin Durant.

The West reserves include Ja Morant, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Domantas Sabonis, Damian Lillard, Paul George, Lauri Markkanen, and Jaren Jackson Jr. Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, LeBron James (captain), Nikola Jokic, and Zion Williams were voted as starters.

TNT has the All-Star Game broadcast on February 19, as a live draft will occur prior to the scheduled 8:30 ET tip-off. 

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of Getty Images

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