In his sixth NBA season, Jayson Tatum is headed to his fourth All-Star Game, and he’ll start for the third time. But for the first time in his career, the Bradley Beal Elite alum has been voted as a starter.
Through 47 games, JT is averaging a career-high 31.1 points per game, the third highest mark in the league. He is also averaging 8.7 rebounds per game, a career-high, and 4.4 assists per game.
The BBE standout joins Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant in the East frontcourt. Jayson said it’s an honor he cherishes.
“It feels great,” he said. “While I may have expected to make the team, I never want to take it for granted. It’s an honor. It’s just something I dreamed about as a kid, so to be named an All-Star starter, it meant a lot.”
Tatum has been named as a fill-in starter the last two seasons and was selected as one of the East’s three frontcourt starters this year through a combination of fan, media and player voting. He finished third in the fan vote for the frontcourt for the first time in his career, edging out Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid.
The voting breakdown for All Star starters is as follows: fans (50%); NBA players (25%); media panel 25%). Full results here: https://t.co/5ipCCRB98Y
Kyrie Irving led East guards in fan vote (final fan tally below): pic.twitter.com/64dE6NtkI4
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) January 27, 2023
JT also notably ranked as the top member of the East frontcourt according to the media.
Three voting groups determined the starters:
• Fans (50%)
• NBA players (25%)
• Media panel 25%)
Complete voting results here: https://t.co/M8btg7M0GP
Below are the overall scores for the top finishers at each position. pic.twitter.com/HQ9W20Z6Ke
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) January 27, 2023
Also notable in the voting was the presence of fellow BBE alum Darius Garland, who was 10th in the fan voting, sixth in the media vote and seventh in the player vote among Eastern Conference backcourt players. Darius, who is averaging 21.8 points and 8 assists per game, could be named an East All-Star reserve next week when the rest of the team is announced.