Jaylen Brown shares his desire to play in the NBA All-Star Game

Brown is averaging career-highs in points and assists.

Celtics' Jaylen Brown is drawing high praise in NBA circles.
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Jaylen Brown isn’t being shy about it. He wants to play in his first All-Star Game.

The Celtics’ swingman is putting up a season that appears worthy of getting an All-Star nod. Brown’s scoring a team-high 26 points per game, which is also good for the 10th best scoring average in the league. He’s averaging 5.6 rebounds and a career-high 3.4 assists per game. Brown also has career bests in field goal percentage (51.4) and 3-point shooting percentage (41.5).

There’s a couple of added bonuses for Brown to make the All-Star team, too. If he’s named to the roster, Brown will receive a $1.3 million bonus. The All-Star Game is also being played in his hometown of Atlanta.

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“It would mean a lot, especially being in Atlanta,” Brown told NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg following the Celtics’ win over the Nuggets on Tuesday. “I just gotta come out and be my best every single day. That’s it. I just love to play the game. So we’ll see what happens.”

The NBA All-Star fan vote, which is only used as 50 percent of the determination of who starts in the game, closed Tuesday night. Brown was in fourth place for backcourt players in the fan vote as of the last update, making it a tough task for him to be named as a starter. If Brown isn’t named a starter when the starters are announced Thursday evening, he will have to be selected as a reserve by the coaches in order to make the All-Star Game. The reserves will be announced on Feb. 23.

The 2021 NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, March 7, at State Farm Arena.

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