Jaylen Brown is one of the most exciting young players in the league right now, especially for raving Boston fans. Brown is a 6’7″, 225-lb. forward with all-around skills. He was drafted by the Celtics with the 3rd overall pick in 2016 NBA Draft. He averaged 6.6 PPG and 2.8 RPG in his rookie season, and many believed he wasn’t the right fit on this roster by playing behind Jae Crowder. Regardless, he got his opportunity after a scary injury to Gordon Hayward. So far this season, he is averaging 14.8 PPG and 5.9 RPG so far. Now, C’s fans are in a frenzy over the new future of Jaylen Brown.
Outside Shooting: Brown has always been a reliable shooter, however at California, he did struggle a little from outside. He shot 29% from three, 65% from the stripe, and 43% from the field. It’s not bad sooting, and he was reliable, but now in Boston, he has definitely improved his shooting. He is now averaging 40% from three, 65% from the free throw line, and and 46% from the field. His shooting has also improved this year alone, and he will continue to trustworthy outside.
Interior Scoring: Jaylen’s superior athleticism makes him one of the most dangerous transition players in the NBA. His speed and power keeps up his all-around potential. He is not a pure force around the basket, but he has proven himself to be an asset on both end of the offense. He averages 4.0 drives per game, which is respectable at his position, but he still is primarily an outside and transition threat.
Passing: Brown is not known for his passing, but still gets the job done. He only averages 0.9 APG in his 2-year career, but he has improved his assist game from 0.8 to 1.3.
Rebounding: Brown has skills as a rebounder, mainly due to his pure athleticism and frame. He does average 3.5 RPG, and 5.8 so far this season.
Defense: Jaylen Brown is one of the best defenders in the entire NBA. He is currently 7th in the NBA in general defense (via NBA.com). His lateral quickness has given him a nightmare matchup against any player he defends. He has stepped up his defensive game from his rookie seaso, as well.
The Celtics team as a whole is a superior defensive team, as they hold the title for the best defensive efficiency by team this season. Individually, Marcus Smart (#1), Jaylen Brown (#7), Al Horford (#12), Jayson Tatum (#13), and Terry Rozier (#16) all find themselves in the top-20 in the NBA for Defensive Win Shares.
Free Throw Shooting: Jaylen’s only issue is his free throw shooting; he averages 65% from the line. This year, he only averages 60%. In his career, he has gone 140-215 from the foul line, and only 55-91 for this year. Jaylen has worked at his shooting, and this will all come together in the next couple of years.
Jaylen Brown has taken this loaded Celtics team this season to a 22-4 record so far this season. He is proving himself as a future star with premier athleticism. His only problem in the future is the return of Gordon Hayward. We won’t know how Hayward will fit back into the roster, unless Hayward is started alongside Brown and Tatum.
Regardless, he is one of the most electrifying players to date. His all-around athleticism will benefit Boston for years to come and will scare opposing defenses in the future.
Outside Shooting: 14/20
Midrange Shooting: 16/20
Interior Scoring: 14/20
Free Throw Shooting: 10/20
OVERALL SCORE: 13.7/20
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