Atlanta-natives Jaylen Brown and Anthony Edwards named 2024 NBA All-Stars

The 2024 NBA All-Star Game will feature two representatives from the state of Georgia who have earned the right to be featured in this year’s action-packed weekend in Indianapolis. Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown and Minnesota Timberwolves Anthony Edwards will represent the Peach State at the events this weekend.

Brown, a Marietta-native, will make his third all-star appearance this season after averaging around 22 points per game and over 49% from the field through the halfway point in the NBA season.

The 6-foot-6 forward is a graduate from Wheeler High School where he helped lead the Wildcats to a 30-2 record and a 6A state championship in his senior season. In his last season in the Wildcats program, Brown averaged around 28 points per game while grabbing close to 12 rebounds a game. His performance in his last season of high school basketball earned him the 2015 Gatorade State Player of the Year along with accolades such as being named a McDonald’s All-American in 2015 and named to the Jordan Brand Classic.

Out of high school, Brown was rated as the No. 1 player in the class with offers from most major college basketball programs with offers from Arizona, Tennessee, UCLA and more. Brown ultimately committed to University of California at Berkeley and  averaged close to 15 points per game with the Golden Bears. Brown declared for the 2016 NBA Draft after one season at Berkeley and was selected with the third overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft to the Boston Celtics.

Last summer, Brown earned the highest-paying contract in NBA history, totaling over 300-million dollars over five years.

Along with this year’s all-star game, Brown will compete in the yearly Slam Dunk Contest. He will be the first all-star to compete in the competition since Victor Oladipo in 2018.

Out of high school, there was a ton of hype surrounding Anthony Edwards and he has lived up to every bit of it. The star shooting guard was the no. 1 overall player in the 2019 class and held offers from every major power 5 program.

In high school, Edwards attended Holy Spirit Preparatory School where he averaged close to 26 points and 10 rebounds in his senior season. His junior year he led the Cougars to a 3A state championship. Edwards earned McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand Classic honors as well and was a part of USA basketball’s U19 World Cup team.

Committing to the University of Georgia after his senior season, he became the Bulldogs highest-rated recruit to go through the program.

In his lone season in Athens, Edwards exploded onto the scene as he was named SEC Freshman of the year and SEC Newcomer of the Year. Edwards led freshmen around the country in scoring by averaging over 19 points per game and ranks seventh on the Bulldogs single-season scoring list after one season. The guard declared for the 2020 NBA Draft where the Minnesota Timberwolves used their first pick on him.

Since then Edwards has made a name for himself in the league as a dominant shot-creator and one of the top shooting guards in the league, averaging close to 26 points per game in his fourth NBA season. The Atlanta-native’s impressive season has  earned him his second all-star selection.

See both Brown and Edwards in the 2024 NBA All-Star game on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.


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