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Charania: Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are Eastern Conference All-Star reserves

The Celtics will have two representatives in next month’s All-Star Game.

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Per The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have been selected by the coaches as All-Star reserves for the Eastern Conference. They are joined by James Harden, Julius Randle, Zach Lavine, Ben Simmons, and Nikola Vucevic. The starters were announced last week that included Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Joel Embiid.

The 24-year-old Brown has started the first year of his four-year, $107 million extension with his best season yet. He’s averaging career highs in points per game (25.6), field goal percentage (49.7%), three-point percentage (40.9%), and assists per game (3.9). He’s an A+ defender on the perimeter and taken leadership roles on and off the court. The first time All-Star will get a chance rep Boston in his hometown of Atlanta.

Tatum followed up his first All-Star season improving in all areas. He’s lifted his points per game average from 23.4 to 26 and assists from 3 to 4.6 and is also enjoying a career year. The 22-year-old signed a five-year, $195 million extension in November.

With long term deals in place and All-Star recognition, this cements the duo as franchise cornerstones. All-Star Game festivities will be held on March 7th.

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