It doesn’t look like Jayson Tatum will make the NBA All-Star game, but he’ll be in Charlotte for the weekend to participate in two All-Star Saturday events.
According to the Globe’s Gary Washburn, Tatum will participate in the Skills Challenge and the Rising Stars challenge.
The Skills Competition began in 2003 and is a timed competition that tests dribbling, passing, and shooting skills. Rajon Rondo, Isaiah Thomas, and Al Horford are the only Celtics to participate in the event, and none has come through on top.
Both Tatum and Jaylen Brown took part in last year’s Rising Stars game, which was once known as the rookie-sophomore challenge. It was re-branded in 2012 and since 2015 it has featured a world vs. America roster breakdown of first and second-year players. Brown actually set a Celtics-scoring record for the game last year.
Tatum’s inclusion in the Skills Challenge especially shows his growing stature in the league. Tatum’s national profile has been raised recently with his inclusion in a national Gatorade campaign and one of the selected Nike stars rolling out a new self-lacing shoe. He’s the Boston Celtics’ second-leading scorer and his newfound aggressiveness has helped the Celtics to five game winning streak.