“It’s a big deal” Celtics forward Jayson Tatum told Tom Westerholm of MassLive during a sit-down interview in which he discussed his goals of making the all-star team this season & his lackluster performance last year, which hurt his chances of All-star consideration in 2018.
Since the start of the season Tatum has been on a tear, averaging 21 points, 7 rebounds, & 3 assists. The Celtics are also sitting pretty with a 17-5 record as the second seed in the eastern conference, a far cry from where they were at this time last year.
With the disappointments of last year behind him, Tatum is using what he learned in 2018 as fuel to help catapult him into an all-star appearance in Chi-town.
“It’s a big deal,” Tatum said. “It’s only 24 people get to make the All-Star team every year. It’s not easy, it’s the best of the best. Even hearing that I have a chance to make it this year is good. I’m not going to relax until I hear that I do make it, but keep playing the way I am, keep winning, just let the rest take care of itself.”MassLive.com
Three out of the five starters in green have a shot of making the All-Star team with Gordon Hayward on the fringe. The last time we saw four Celtics starters represent the east was back in 2011 during the “Big Three era” when the likes of KG, Pierce, Allen & Rondo came together.