Boston Celtics

May 13, 2018, Boston, MA, USA: Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum runs up the court during the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game one of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Photo Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson,

Less than a week after being named a finalist for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award, Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum has been named to the 2017-18 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

A starter in a Celtic-high 80 of Boston’s regular-season contests this season, the 20-year-old Tatum averaged 13.9 points (sixth-most among rookies) and five rebounds (eighth-most among rookies) per game, and shot 47.5 percent from the field. The No. 3 overall pick in 2017, Tatum also broke the franchise’s record for most three-pointers made by a rookie.

Suffice to say, it’s a deserved honor, according to Tatum’s coach.

“I think he should be,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said of Tatum’s honor. “He’s had an unbelievable rookie year. I don’t know who’s all on the team. I haven’t looked at all that stuff. But I know that any awards that come his way is well-deserving.”

Interestingly enough, though, Tatum missed out on joining the Sixers’ Ben Simmons and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell as unanimous selections on the first team by a single vote, with 99 first-team votes and one second-team vote.

“Somebody made a mistake,” Stevens said when alerted of that.

Boston’s Semi Ojeleye also received one second-team vote.

Ty Anderson is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Ty? Follow him on Twitter @_TyAnderson.