BOSTON (CBS) — For the first time in his career, Jayson Tatum has received some All-NBA recognition. Boston’s star forward was named to the All-NBA Third Team on Wednesday.
Tatum, just 22 and in his third NBA season, averaged a career-high 23.4 points, seven rebounds, three assists and 1.4 steals during the regular season. He shot 45 percent from the floor and 40-percent from three-point range over 66 games, earning his first All-Star nod in January.
Tatum finished the 2019-20 season as the first Celtics player to produce averages of 23.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in a single season since Paul Pierce in 2002-03. He joins Ed Macauley (First Team honors in 1950-51) as the only two players in franchise history to receive All-League honors before turning 23 years-old.
All-NBA third team ✅ pic.twitter.com/6rXydTk9Jt
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 16, 2020
Tatum received 57 third-team votes, 32 votes for the second team and no votes for the first team.
The All-NBA voting: pic.twitter.com/zMvWkS0xf1
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) September 16, 2020
The Celtics rising superstar joins Houston’s Russell Westbrook, Miami’s Jimmy Butler, Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons on the third team.