The Boston Celtics will be well represented during NBA All-Star Weekend in Utah, and not just at the All-Star Game on Sunday night.
Celtics forward Jayson Tatum was selected to the All-Star Game as a starter and guard Jaylen Brown was selected as a reserve. It will be Tatum's fourth All-Star appearance (second as a starter) and Brown's second. However, it's still not known if Brown will play because of the facial fracture he suffered last week. An official ruling on his status for the game hasn't been made yet.
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Tatum also will take part in the festivities Saturday night as a contestant in the 2023 NBA 3-Point Contest.
He's actually among the betting favorites to win the award. Here are the latest odds for the competition, via DraftKings Sportsbook:
- Damian Lillard: +425
- Buddy Hield: +425
- Jayson Tatum: +500
- Tyler Herro: +550
- Kevin Huerter: +550
- Tyrese Haliburton: +600
- Lauri Markkanen: +650
- Julius Randle: +700
This will be Tatum's second time competing in the 3-Point Contest. He also took part in 2021 and advanced to the second round.
The last Celtics player to win the 3-Point Contest was Paul Pierce in 2010. Before Pierce, the only other C's player to win this competition was Hall of Famer Larry Bird, who took home the trophy in 1986, 1987 and 1988 -- the first three years of the event.