Kendrick Perkins ranks Jaylen Brown over all other Celtics players
The Boston Celtics have some of the better talent in the NBA, especially in the backcourt and the wing spots.
Kemba Walker is a multiple-time All-Star. Jayson Tatum developed into a full-fledged superstar in his third season, and Marcus Smart is one of the best defensive players in the NBA.
However, longtime NBA center and current analyst Kendrick Perkins believes Celtics guard Jaylen Brown eclipses his fellow teammates.
Perkins, on ESPN’s “First Take,” called Brown the best all-around player on the Celtics, saying Brown’s offensive evolution is making him one of the eminent young stars in the NBA. Big Perk also said Brown’s consistency during the NBA restart was the first sign he was about to explode as a star.
"Jaylen Brown is the best player on the Boston Celtics."
— First Take (@FirstTake) December 31, 2020
Brown is excelling early in the 2020-21 season.
The former California product is averaging 28.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists in his first five games. Brown is shooting over 56 percent from the field, an exceptionally efficient clip for a 2 guard. This includes 44 percent from beyond the arc on 5.0 attempts per game.
Brown put on an absolute clinic in Boston’s win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. He poured in 42 points, shooting 15-of-21 from the field and an impressive 7-for-10 from the three-point line.
The 24-year-old is looking like a bona fide star, which is extremely important for a Celtics team harboring some injuries.
Kemba Walker’s timeline is still a bit uncertain, and the loss of Gordon Hayward emphasized the need for Brown and Tatum to improve their offensive playmaking.
Brown is certainly making large strides, and Perkins feels he is already asserting himself as the best Celtics player.