Boston Celtics still have to focus on development
With a vastly improved game last season, Brown proved to the league that he’s the next great Celtic
Coming into the 2016 NBA Draft out of The University of California, Jaylen Brown was viewed as a raw, athletic wing with the potential to be a plus slasher and defender at the highest level.
As many considered Brown a safe pick between selections 5-10, media members across the sport criticized Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics for taking the PAC-12 standout 3rd overall – declaring it a ‘reach’.
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Although Brown did little to improve his stock during his rookie campaign, he looked like a drastically different player a year later, sporting a more consistent and diverse offensive game and a newfound ability to create looks for himself and others.
As a result, the Atlanta native averaged career highs in nearly every major statistic, all while regularly being tasked with guarding the opposing team’s best offensive player.
Brown not only showed promise in the regular season, but made his presence felt in the playoffs where he averaged 18 points and 4.8 rebounds with a .563 TS%.
While the 21 year-old Brown is still a ways away from being mentioned in the same conversation as two-way stars Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, their sophomore seasons compare very favorably statistically.
On the surface, their numbers appear vastly similar, the only substantial difference is their efficiency from the charity-stripe, where the George and Leonard sported superior shots (81.2% and 82.5%, respectively, to Brown’s mere 64.4%). While this may seem a bit concerning, Jaylen shot 79.4% on free-throws in the regular season after the All-Star break, so he seemed to be improving in that aspect.
Again, Jaylen is only in his second pro season – given his improvement and trajectory, It is safe to think that he could one day become an All-NBA talent and help lead the Celtics to the promise land.