Celtics

Celtics

The Eastern and Western Conference reserves for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game will be announced Thursday night on TNT, and the buildup to the reveal has included plenty of fierce debate.

There are many deserving players for the seven spots in each conference up for grabs, which consist of two guard spots, three forward/center spots and two wild card spots.

Two players from the Boston Celtics are among the leading candidates in the East, and they are Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. 

Brown is enjoying the best season of his career with averages of 20.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Tatum also is playing at a high level with averages of 21.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. Tatum's stats are a little better than Brown's. Brown, however, has been more efficient than Tatum with higher field goal and 3-point percentages.

At least one of these players should make the roster, and if that happens, the C's would have two All-Stars in Chicago. Boston point guard Kemba Walker already was voted in as a starter.

NBC Sports NBA insider Tom Haberstroh made his picks for the All-Star reserves, and he chose Tatum over Brown in one of the wild card spots. He picked Chicago Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine, Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons and Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal ahead of Brown. 

Click for Haberstroh's All-Star reserves picks

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