Celtics’ Jayson Tatum Reacts To NBA All-Star Game Draft Format

'Just blessed to be out here'


Feb 19, 2023

Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum had never experienced a live NBA All-Star pregame draft.

And the 24-year-old forward had quite the night ahead.

It started when Milwaukee Bucks star and team captain Giannis Antetokounmpo used his first pick to select Jayson Tatum. This, however, did split Tatum from fellow All-Star and Celtics teammate Jaylen Brown who LeBron James selected with his second pick in the reserve round. Nevertheless, Tatum wasn’t any less thrilled when taking in the entire experience itself.

“It was cool,” Tatum said, as seen on TNT’s broadcast Sunday night. “There’s a first time for it live in action so I was curious how it was gonna look.”

It was Tatum’s fourth career All-Star appearance, becoming the youngest Celtic in franchise history to accomplish that feat. He’s played just six seasons in the league since being drafted by Boston in 2017.

“I’m just excited,” Tatum said. “Never take this for granted, being an All-Star — something I dreamed about as a kid.”

And the celebration-worthy occasions didn’t end there.

Tatum, a Jordan Brand athlete, busted out his debut signature sneaker in the “Pink Lemonade” colorway — one of four iterations set to hit the retail shelves this year. Safe to say the MVP contender himself won’t soon forget this night.

“First time debuting them. Like a kid on Christmas, I couldn’t get no sleep last night,” Tatum said. “So, another dream come true. Just blessed to be out here.”

Thumbnail photo via Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports Images
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