Boston Celtics: Jaylen Brown has taken the next step

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The Boston Celtics have needed Jaylen Brown to step up his play this season. Brown took on the challenge and proved he will be a great player for years to come.

Jaylen Brown is only 21 years old but he is leading the Boston Celtics in the playoffs. Brown has been called upon to step up his play with the absences of Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, and Marcus Smart.

In Brown’s 2nd season he averaged 14.5 points per game and 5 rebounds per game. His minutes were doubled and he was looked at to be one of the team’s top scorer. Brown has become a better and more efficient scorer.

Just because Brown has improved on the offensive side of the ball doesn’t mean he doesn’t value defense. He is 35th in the NBA in defensive rating and 20th in net rating.

A leader this postseason

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Now in the playoffs Brown has continued his great play. He is averaging 23.8 points a game and has proven to be a great leader. Brown also is averaging 5.3 rebounds and is shooting at a high percentage. He had his best game in the Celtics game 4 loss on Sunday scoring 34 points and grabbing 8 rebounds.

Without Brown, the Boston Celtics playoff chances would be doomed. The Celtics would be putting a ton of pressure on Jayson Tatum (who maybe could have handled it) and Al Horford. Brown’s great play should make him apart of the C’s long-term plans. Just imagine what he could be like playing with Hayward and Irving by his side for an entire season.

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In a season full of setbacks, Brown has become a light of hope. He has become an efficient scorer who is capable of putting the team on his back. You didn’t need me to tell you this but, the Celtics future is as bright as the sun.