Jaylen Brown calls sophomore development ‘significant’
One of the guys who has taken the biggest step forward this year from his rookie to sophomore year is Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics. He has received praise across the NBA for his play, and now Brown even seems to agree. Marc D’Amico of Celtics.com shares:
Jaylen Brown on his development: “My growth from last year to this year was significant. My growth from this year to next year will be even greater.”
After being selected with the third pick in the NBA draft last year, Brown had some major struggles last year. He appeared in 74 games last year, starting 20 of them. He averaged 6.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.
This year, though, he has gained the trust of the Celtics coaching staff. He played in 54 games this year and started them all. He is averaging 14 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.
His good play so far this year got an invite to the Rising Stars Challenge, a game he dominated. Team USA might have lost but Brown stole the show, putting up 35 points on 14-21 shooting from the field. According to Celtics.com, that broke the previous Celtics record 20 points set by Antoine Brown in 1997.
After the game, Brown seemed pleased by his performance.
“It’s just great being here. It’s a tremendous opportunity. I just thank the NBA for letting me be a part of this weekend.”
He will look to build on what he learned at the All-Star weekend to have a good rest of the season, and also really continue the upward trend of his career.