Saturday, February 3, 2024

Jaylen Brown named NBA All-Star for third time

Jaylen Brown is heading to the NBA All-Star Game for the third time in his career, following the league announcing the rest of the respective rosters on Thursday.

The Celtics wing was selected as an Eastern Conference reserve along with Cleveland's Donovan Mitchell, Miami's Bam Adebayo, Philadelphia's Tyrese Maxey, Orlando's Paolo Banchero, New York's Jalen Brunson, and Julius Randle.

Brown, who also made the team in 2021 and 2023, joins teammate Jayson Tatum -- after he was voted as a starter for the East last week -- as they'll both represent the Celtics in Indianapolis later this month.

Despite averaging 22.6 points (his lowest since 2020), Brown is shooting a career-best 49.4% from the field and 35.2% from beyond the arc -- to go along with 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per contest so far.

While the additions of Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Holiday have made Brown's scoring take a dip this season, the now three-time All-Star has developed more into a playmaker and has been playing at an All-Defensive level as the Celtics have preached making sacrifices for the team's common goal of winning a championship.
"Any time you get some type of recognition, it's a humility stanpoint that's attachted to it," said Brown of his All-Star selection during Thursday night's postgame comments. "But all the people who have supported me, all the people who've been in the trenches and through the ups and through the downs -- Team JB -- I just want to appreciate them. All the ones who've been supporting me on this journey. It's more of a celebration for that."
Brown's celebration was short-lived when news broke of his All-Star nod just before tip-off of the Celtics' 114-105 loss to the rival Lakers -- without LeBron James and Anthony Davis in the lineup -- finishing with an underwhelming eight points on 4-of-11 shooting (1-of-5 from deep). 

Though his performance against Los Angeles was obviously not indicative of the type of All-Star caliber season Brown is having, the disappointing defeat at home did somewhat take away from another accolade on his resume, even if he did grab eight rebounds and dish out seven assists.
"When you lose a game against the Lakers without some of their best players, it definetly takes the edge off," Brown said.
With the Celtics still a league-best 37-12, Brown and Tatum (for now) get the reward of playing in the 2024 NBA All-Star Game -- which TNT will air come Sunday, February 18.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of The Associated Press

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