Thursday, May 11, 2023

Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown eligible for potential supermax extensions following All-NBA honors

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were been named All-NBA Wednesday night, just 24 hours ahead of the Celtics pivotal Game 6 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Tatum made the first team (for the second straight season) while Brown (his first overall selection) made the second team, making both All-Star wings eligible for supermax extensions.

According to current NBA rules, players are eligible for the supermax if they have been in the league at least seven years and are named to an All-NBA team either the previous season or both years before it.

Brown, who is in his seventh season -- averaged 26.6 points (career-best), 6.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game -- is eligible to sign a five-year, $295 million contract extension this summer.

Tatum, who is in his sixth season -- averaged a career-best in points (30.1), rebounds (8.8) and assists (4.6) per game -- is eligible to sign a five year, $318 million contract extension next offseason (due to making All-NBA this year and last).

While the Celtics don't have to offer their current superstars either deal, it's hard to imagine that they won't, especially to Brown -- who shot a career-high 49% from the field to go with 34% from behind the arc and a career-high 77% from the free throw line -- whether they win a title this year or not.

Tatum, is also likely to be given the bag next summer, barring any major injury. He's coming off this season shooting 46.6% from the floor, 35% from deep and 85.4% from the charity stripe.

The Celtics have two players on the All-NBA teams in the same season for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign when Kevin Garnett (first team) and Paul Pierce (third team) were selected. Before that championship season, the previous time the C's had two All-NBA players was 1986-87 when Larry Bird and Kevin McHale both were voted to the first team.

In the meantime, Tatum and Brown find themselves on the brink of elimination, trailing 3-2 to the Sixers in the second-round of the East semis. Despite these accolades, it would be ironic to have their season come to and end tonight in Game 6 after the Celtics' NBA Finals run less than a year ago.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of Getty Images

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