Brad Stevens says Jaylen Brown ‘has shown tremendous growth’
Brown has had a difficult time filling the stat sheet against the Pacers. According to Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports, Stevens is still happy with his development:
“I just think Jaylen has shown tremendous growth. And here’s a guy that, early in the season, got a lot of flak for a small sample size where he struggled. Then he had a really really good year after that. He just kept working, kept getting better.”
There is certainly plenty of truth to Stevens comments. The 2018-19 NBA season had gotten off to a slow start for Brown after he was forced to adjust to the new lineup. Fortunately, he was eventually able to find his footing and finished the season averaging 13 points and 4.2 rebounds in just 25 minutes per game.
It is no secret that Boston endured their fair share of struggles this season. The expectations were sky high early on due to their massive success last year despite playing without two of the biggest stars in point guard Kyrie Irving and forward Gordon Hayward. Brown was undoubtedly among the biggest casualties of the new-look roster.
Regardless, it is safe to assume Stevens is hoping that Brown will be able to take over for stretches in the playoffs like he did last season. They will need all the help they can get if they hope to finish atop the Eastern Conference.