Breaking News: Boston Celtics’ talented player was named to the All-NBA First Team for the third consecutive year…

On Wednesday, Jayson Tatum, the star of the Boston Celtics, was selected to another All-NBA squad.

Celtics' Tatum named to All-NBA first team for third straight year

Tatum, however, did not receive the same recognition as Jaylen Brown as he did the previous year.

Brown was relegated to the periphery of the All-NBA First Team, while Tatum was selected for the third straight season. Brown finished in second place, only 20 points behind guard Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns for the final berth on the All-NBA Third Team.

Even while Tatum, 26, has decreased his scoring this season, that was more a result of his willingness to make sacrifices for the team’s success since Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Holiday joined the starting lineup. In 2022–2023 he averaged 30.1 points per game; this season he has averaging 26.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Denver Nuggets centre Nikola Jokic, Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo were among the players who joined Tatum on the First Team.

In addition, Brown’s stats from the previous season—23 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game—have dropped this year. Having been selected to the All-NBA Second Team the previous season, he was able to get the richest contract in NBA history this past offseason.

For Brown, falling just short of the status this season didn’t carry as much weight. Derrick White felt that Brown deserved to be named an All-NBA Defensive team member based on his performance on that end of the court, but Brown was not selected.

Brown, and Tatum as well, undoubtedly have their sights set on a greater achievement than individual accolades, since the Celtics are only seven victories away from winning the NBA championship. Tuesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoffs, Brown saved the Celtics by making the game-winning 3-pointer with seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.

Guard Jalen Brunson of the New York Knicks, guard Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves, forward Kevin Durant of the Phoenix Suns, forward Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers, and centre Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers made up the All-NBA Second Team.

The All-NBA Third Team consisted of Booker, guard Tyrese Haliburton of the Indiana Pacers, centre Domantas Sabonis of the Sacramento Kings, guard Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, and forward LeBron James of the Lakers.

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