Celtics star Jaylen Brown was named an Eastern Conference All-Star reserve Thursday night time.
Brown is now a three-time All-Star, having made three of the final 4 All-Star Games. He will play with Jayson Tatum, an East starter, in opposition to the West All-Stars on Sunday, Feb. 18, in Indianapolis.
Brown entered Thursday night time’s recreation in opposition to the Lakers averaging 22.6 factors, 5.4 rebounds and three.7 assists per recreation. He’s capturing a career-best 49.4% from the ground and averaging a career-high 4.0 assists per-36 minutes. Brown can be turning the ball over at his lowest fee because the 2019-20 season.
The 27-year-old overcame a sluggish begin to once more set up himself as among the best gamers within the league. Brown’s protection powered his choice, which was decided by a coaches vote. As of Thursday, he ranked twenty sixth in defensive win shares and top-20 by subject purpose proportion allowed as the first defender at 43%, forward of former All-Defensive picks Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday, amongst others.
Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla opened up about his voting course of earlier than Tuesday’s win in opposition to Indiana, highlighting protection and successful performs.
“Winning is important, looking at defensive metrics just as much as the offensive metrics, I think that’s really important, because I think that our guys that are up for All-Star don’t get the praise they should for their defensive metrics,” Mazzulla stated. “Guys have been top-five in protection for like 10 years or nevertheless lengthy they’ve been within the NBA. And it’s not talked about in success as a lot.
“So I definitely look at both offensive and defensive metrics, and I think winning is important, and I think some of those stats that we have that just aren’t box score stats, like affecting their teammates, all that stuff.”
Brown is coming off his first All-NBA marketing campaign. Celtics heart Kristaps Porzingis and level guard Derrick White have been robust candidates to be All-Stars and weren’t chosen, however might nonetheless probably make it as a substitute.
The East All-Star roster consists of Tatum, Brown, Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Tyrese Haliburton, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Tyrese Maxey, Jalen Brunson, Bam Adebayo, Julius Randle and Paolo Banchero.