Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, who grew up with Beal in the St. Louis area, was named to the All-NBA third team. It's the first All-NBA selection for Tatum, who's in his third season with the C's after they drafted him No. 3 overall in 2017.
Beal made his excitement for Tatum known in an Instagram story posted Wednesday. Check it out below, via Fred Katz of The Athletic:
Bradley Beal’s first comments after not making All-NBA: Congratulating his close buddy Jayson Tatum. pic.twitter.com/QiNRGCkUoj— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) September 16, 2020
Tatum led the Celtics with 23.4 points scored per game, in addition to seven rebounds and three assists per contest during the regular season. He also made his first NBA All-Star Game appearance in February.
Beal is among the biggest snubs from the All-NBA teams. He absolutely deserved to be included on one of the three teams, especially ahead of Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook. The Wizards star ranked second in the league in scoring at 30.5 points per game.