Last season, Celtics forward Jayson Tatum was seen as one of if not the biggest All-NBA snub. This year, there’s no such conversations to be had.
The NBA released its All-NBA teams for the 2021-2022 season on Tuesday, and Tatum was named to one of the All-NBA First Team forward spots. Tatum received 49 first-team votes, 47 second-team votes, and four third-team votes, which gave him 390 points in the total tally. Among forwards, he finished second behind Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo. Among the forwards receiving fewer votes than Tatum were Kevin Durant and DeMar DeRozan, who landed on the second team, and LeBron James and Pascal Siakam, who landed on the third team.
Joining Tatum at the other positions on the first team are guards Luka Doncic and Devin Booker, and center and league MVP Nikola Jokic. The full All-NBA teams can be seen here.
This is Tatum’s second time appearing on the All-Team roster all together. He was also named All-NBA Third Team for the 2019-2020 season.
Tatum had a career year in 2021-2022. He averaged a career-high 26.9 points per game, while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor and 35.3 percent from three. His stat line also featured career highs in rebounds (8.0) and assists (4.4) per game.
Throughout the offseason awards process, the Celtics have been well represented. In addition to Tatum on the All-NBA team, they had two players – Marcus Smart and Robert Williams – on All-Defense teams.