With the 3rd pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics select…Jaylen Brown, Small Forward, Cal. The hype revolving around the Celtics pick came to a climax as Brown was selected to the delight and questioning of many. First reactions displayed confusion, though eventually the decision truly does make sense. Jaylen Brown embodies a 6’7, 225 pound frame that resembles a perfect basketball player. Brown, according to scouts from the NBA, is a player with a great wingspan, professional-grade athleticism and has the potential to be a strong defender” (NBA Prospect Analysis). Unfortunately, a concern revolving around the athlete was his play in championships and important games. In the final 5 games of the season, Brown only averaged 7.8 PPG (points per game) and 25.2 minutes per game (MPG) for a total of 126 minutes. Additionally, in that same span, 3 of those games were losses including a defeat which ended the season of Jaylen’s California Bears. For comparison, in the heart of the season, Brown averaged 17 PPG for 5 games in January and spent 29.4 MPG on the court.
Brown fills a gaping hole at the SF position for the Celtics as the young 19 year old is likely to earn a starting job. He appears to be a quality mental and physical player who shows signs of progression at the hands of a great foundation; the Celtics have appeared in 7 of the last 8 postseasons. Also, the NBA has transpired into a league of shooting players. Brown shows the talent to make shots, though those numbers may be infrequent or inconsistent. Hopefully the Celtics will keep their 3rd overall selection, Jaylen Brown, who possesses the natural ability to bring a championship back to Boston for the first time this decade.