Thursday, May 23, 2024

Jayson Tatum named to All-NBA First Team, Jaylen Brown finished 16th in voting

The league announced Thursday night prior to the Celtics hosting the Indiana Pacers in Game 2, that Jayson Tatum has been selected to his third straight All-NBA First Team.

The All-Star wing, who made All-NBA Third Team back in 2020, was joined by Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, Luka Dončić of the Dallas Mavericks, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the reigning MVP Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets. 

Tatum beat Jalen Brunson of the New York Knicks with 65 first place votes and 34 second place votes to the All-Star guard's 37 first place votes and 61 second place votes. This is the first season that All-NBA teams selected were position-less.

At age 26 and in just his seventh season, Tatum averaged 26.9 points on 47.1% shooting from the field and 37.6% from 3-point range to go along with 8.1 rebounds, and 4.9 assists (career-best) per contest in what many could argue was his most efficient year as a pro to lead the Celtics to a 64-18 record (league-best). Tatum as of last off-season has been eligible for a supermax extension of a possible five-year, $315 million contract come this summer.

Jaylen Brown, who was selected All-NBA Second Team last season, just missed All-NBA honors this time around -- but was the highest vote getter among (16th) All-NBA snubs -- finishing with 50 third place votes. Last July, Brown was eligible for and signed a supermax extension of $304 million due to his All-NBA selection.

The Celtics look to take a 2-0 Eastern Conference Finals series lead tonight over the Pacers at TD Garden.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of Getty Images

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