Boston Celtics’ Jason Tatum is “grateful” to make it to the NBA All-Team, but wants voting rules

MIAMI – Boston Celtics star Jason Tatum has repeatedly said last year that he felt disrespected for missing him from last year’s All-NBA teams – a decision that cost Tatum tens of millions of dollars in his current contract.

After Tatum was selected in the top team of the All-NBA on Tuesday night, he said on Wednesday in view of the 5th game of the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat that there should be some kind of criteria that voters must follow to make the their choices.

“What does he say, a day late and a little dollar?” Tatum asked with an ironic smile after the Boston shootaround at the FTX Arena. “Obviously, I’m grateful. First-NBA team, that’s a big deal. So I’m grateful for that recognition.

“It simply came to our notice then [to make it last year] with the money and all that. It was simpler, I felt a bit disrespectful, and I talked about it a lot, just about the criteria and how it was voted is so open … there are no really set rules about who should qualify.

“I think that was the disappointing part. But it happened. I thought I was one of the top 15 players last year? A thousand percent. But that’s behind me now, and I did it this year and now we’re trying to win a league.”

The removal from the list last year caused Tatum to lose a clause in his contract that would raise his salary to the next level of a maximum contract – 30% of the maximum salary – as opposed to the 25% usually included in rookie extensions. according to a rule in the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement named after Derrick Rose.

This year, Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young qualified for the same shot making the third-all-NBA team, while Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker and Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns now have the right to sign huge four-year supermax contract renewals. summer because they did it.

While Tatum said he was not sure what exactly the criteria should be for voters, he said he believed it should be done from positions (guards, forwards and centers) to positions without a position, and made the view that he did not It’s very logical that Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Ebid, who finished second after Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic in the MVP poll, should be a second-team player in the All-NBA.

The irony is that if the league were without a place on this year’s ballot, Tatum would be second team and Embiid would be first.

“There just have to be some rules,” Tatum said. “I do not know exactly, but maybe you should play a certain number of games, or maybe you are a playoff team or not.

“I think they should be like the top 15 players. Obviously, with a few guys in a one-year contract, the supermax deals involved are difficult. I’m sure that’s difficult for voters as well. So I think there’s a lot that could change in this area, in this respect. “

Following Boston’s disappointment last year, finishing with a record 0,500 in the regular season 2020-21 shortened by COVID-19, Tatum just dropped out of the ballot. He said the biggest reason for including him this year, apart from the fact that Boston played better, was to improve his playmaking.

“We won more games than last year,” he said. “But I think playmaking, just being able to read the game much better, slowed it down for me in many ways. And I think that has only been seen in my ability to play and run attack from time to time.”

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