With Kyrie Irving and Al Horford off to other teams, the Boston Celtics are turning over the keys to young players such as Jaylen Brown.
The 2018-19 NBA season wasn’t a complete failure for Jaylen Brown. While the Boston Celtics athletic wing lost his starting job in the beginning of the season, he turned into one of the team’s most consistent players coming off the bench towards the middle to the end of the season and heading into the playoffs.
Taking a look at Brown’s season as a whole, it was a bit of a step back from his second season in the league where he, along with then-rookie Jayson Tatum, helped lead a Celtics team without All-Star’s Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
With those two players returned in 2018-19, Brown was one of the players who let the hype get to his head. In fact, he contributed to it by making a guarantee that the team will get to the NBA Finals.
While Jaylen Brown isn’t completely to blame for the team’s overall lack of chemistry through the season, he was part of the lackadaisical play that plagued the team during those beginning months.
He certainly turned things around once he accepted his role off the bench. In all, Jaylen Brown finished this third season in the NBA by scoring 13.0 points per game, down from 14.5 in his second season. He did see a dip in 3pt field goal percentage, but his overall field goal percentage remained the same. Brown did become one of the team’s most solid defenders, especially filling in for Marcus Smart during the first-round series against the Indiana Pacers.
Though the team’s overall expectations aren’t as high as last season, the pressure is even greater on Jaylen Brown to morph into an All-Star in his fourth season. Here are three keys for a successful 2019-20 NBA campaign.