For the first time in his three-year NBA career, Jayson Tatum is an All-Star.
The Boston Celtics' No. 3 overall pick from 2017 was voted in among the Eastern Conference reserves for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. Tatum, who is averaging 22.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game, certainly deserved the nod, but for him, the reality still hasn't fully set in for him.
Tatum first said that he was "shocked" when he made the team in an interview with NBC Sports Boston's Brian Scalabrine. But after Scal pushed back and said that Tatum had been working for this, Tatum amended his point.
"Yeah, but it's still surreal that I actually made it [to the All-Star Game]," Tatum said. "I'm just excited for next weekend. Honestly, I can't wait."
And there's good reason for the 21-year-old to be excited. He's going to get a chance to team up with some of the NBA's best players including James Harden, Luka Doncic, and, of course, LeBron James.
In particular, Tatum was excited about the opportunity to play with James, who he had high praise for.
"Oh, he's one of the greatest players ever. So my first All-Star Game being on the same team as LeBron, you know, I can always say when I get older, my first All-Star Game I was with LeBron," Tatum said. "Not many people can say that."
Tatum does have a point there and it surely will be an exciting experience for him. And hopefully, this is just one of many All-Star nods that he'll get as he continues to grow into a young star in the NBA.
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