By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Celtics forward Jayson Tatum’s rise to superstar status continued in 2019-20, and with the accolades to show for it, with Tatum officially named to the All-NBA Third Team on Wednesday.
Emerging as the Celtics’ true No. 1, the 22-year-old Tatum averaged career-high marks in points (23.4), rebounds (7.0), assists (3.0), and steals (1.4) per game, and shot 45.0 percent from the field, including an over 40 percent mark from deep, in 66 games.
That was enough to make the No. 3 overall pick from the 2017 NBA Draft the first Celtics player to average at least 23.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in a single season since Paul Pierce in 2002-03.
Tatum joins Ed Macauley as the only two players in franchise history to receive All-NBA honors before turning 23 years-old, too. (Macauley accomplished the feat all the way back in 1950-51, and on an All-NBA First Team, in case you’re wondering.)
The 6-foot-8 Tatum is the third Celtic to earn All-NBA honors in the last four years, joining Kyrie Irving (All-NBA Second Team, 2018-19) and Isaiah Thomas (All-NBA Second Team, 2016-17).