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May 5, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) and forward Jayson Tatum (0) celebrate during final minute of win against the Philadelphia 76ers during the fourth quarter of game three of the 2023 NBA playoff at Wells Fargo Center. Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday night, NBA award season reached its pinnacle with the release of the 2022-2023 All-NBA teams. As expected, the Celtics are well represented.

Forward Jayson Tatum was named to the All-NBA First Team for the second year in a row. Joining him on the roster is Jaylen Brown, who received his first career All-NBA nod as a member of the second team, as a forward. This is the first time the Celtics have had All-NBA teammates since Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in 2008.

  • Tatum, 25,  set career highs across the board in the 2022-2023 season. He averaged 30.1 points per game, which ranked sixth in the NBA. He also pulled down 8.8 rebounds per game with 4.6 assist and 1.1 steals per game, while playing 36.9 minutes per night.

    Brown, 27, also set a career high in scoring, averaging 26.6 points per game. He shot a career-best 49.1 percent from the floor, and 33.5 percent from deep. His 6.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game were also career highs.

    Led by the duo, the Celtics went 57-25 in the regular season, making the playoffs for the seventh of seven years they’ve been together. Naturally, it seems like a duo the Celtics would want to keep together – a task that became much more realistic with Wednesday’s news.

  • By getting All-NBA honors, both players are now eligible for supermax extensions when their current contracts expire. Brown will be eligible to sign a five-year, $295 million extension this offseason. Tatum would be eligible until next summer at the earlier, but can get a five-year, $318 million deal. Under the NBA CBA, the Celtics are the only team that can offer the players that much.

    Of course, the question at that point will be how the Celtics build around Tatum and Brown while managing the luxury tax. Currently, Marcus Smart and Robert Williams are the only players signed beyond the 2024-2025 season.

    That’s a problem the Celtics will need to solve, but it’s a good problem to have. For now, the Celtics know they should be able to sign both of their superstars into their 30s.

    Now that the individual awards are set, all that’s left is the ultimate goal of winning an NBA Championship. The Celtics need to bring their best if they want to get there – they’re trailing the Philadelphia 76ers 3-2 heading into Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series in Philly on Thursday. Coverage of that one begins at 7 on 98.5 The Sports Hub and the Sports Hub BetMGM Celtics Radio Network.

  • Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at abarth@985TheSportsHub.com.

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