Jayson Tatum Selected To All-NBA First Team For Third Consecutive Season

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Another year, another All-NBA First Team selection for Jayson Tatum. The Celtics star was named to his third consecutive All-NBA First Team on Wednesday night.

Tatum finished sixth in NBA MVP voting this season but was included on the First Team alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee, Nikola Jokic of Denver, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of Oklahoma City, and Luka Doncic of Dallas, as announced by the NBA on Wednesday.

Despite the abundance of talent on the Celtics’ roster, Tatum’s overall numbers slightly dipped during the 2023-24 season. However, his contributions were crucial in leading Boston to a 64-win season.

Tatum still posted impressive stats, averaging 26.9 points per game with a 47 percent shooting accuracy and 38 percent from three-point range. He also contributed 8.1 rebounds and a career-high 4.9 assists per game over 74 regular season appearances.

His defensive efforts, often overlooked and underappreciated, did not earn him All-Defensive honors on Tuesday. However, his teammates Jrue Holiday and Derrick White were named to the All-Defensive Second Team.

Jaylen Brown, who made the All-NBA Second Team last season, did not make any of the three teams this year. He received 50 third-team votes but fell short of making the All-NBA Third Team.

In addition to his All-NBA recognition, Tatum earned other accolades during the regular season, including Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors for November and February. He also made his fifth consecutive All-Star team.

While these awards and another All-NBA nod enhance his resume, Tatum’s primary focus remains winning a championship. He aims to continue his quest Thursday night in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pacers at TD Garden.