How meteoric has Jayson Tatum's rise to NBA stardom been?
Consider that the 22-year-old made his first NBA All-Star team last season. And consider that we have odds for which players will make the 2021 NBA All-Star roster in each conference.
Here's a look at the top six in the Eastern Conference -- Odds provided by our partner, PointsBet Sportsbook.
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- Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks: -3334
- Jayson Tatum, Celtics: -3334
- Joel Embiid, 76ers: -1250
- Kevin Durant, Nets: -770
- Kyrie Irving, Nets: -345
- Bam Adebayo, Heat: -345
That's right: Tatum is a safer bet to become an All-Star than any player in the East outside the reigning NBA MVP -- ahead of Embiid, Durant and Irving.
In fact, the Celtics forward is in a four-way tie with Antetokounmpo and Los Angeles Lakers teammates LeBron James and Anthony Davis for the shortest All-Star odds in the league at -3334.
Tatum put up career highs in every major offensive category last season and averaged 25.7 points, 10 rebounds and five assists per game during the playoffs. He has improved exponentially over the last year and a half and has the third-best odds of any player in the East (behind Antetokounmpo and Durant) to win NBA MVP.
So, maybe his inclusion among the best of the NBA's best shouldn't surprise us anymore (especially after he grew two inches this offseason).
Will Tatum have company on the East's 2021 All-Star roster? (The game itself won't be played this season due to COVID-19.) Jaylen Brown ranks 14th in the East odds hierarchy at +175 while Kemba Walker is 22nd with +400 odds, so sports bettors apparently don't believe so.
Brown may have something to say about those odds after averaging a career-high 20.3 points per game last season, however.