With all eyes on Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown is a key factor in the team’s championship success.
With a new contract, Brown more than lived up to expectations before the NBA went on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with Jayson Tatum, Brown took his game up a notch both offensively and defensively.
In averaging 20.4 points per game and 6.4 rebounds, Jaylen Brown put up All-Star worthy numbers, but the true ingredient he brings to the championship table other than his athleticism and two-way capability is the leadership he shows both on and off the court.
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Whether it is social issues or his poise and confidence in the locker room and on the court, part of what makes the Celtics young star special is his ability to reach and teach those around him. It is one aspect of his makeup that has impressed Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck.
“Since day one when I met Jaylen, back in (2015), it was so obvious that he’s just special – a special person with special character,” Grousbeck said in an interview with WBZ’s Dan Roche back in June. “He has educated me, to be perfectly honest. I’ve spent time talking with him and a couple other players in-depth over the last few days because I’ve realized I have a lot to learn, that I thought I knew and I didn’t know, just to be honest.”
While social conscience won’t bring a team a championship, it is Brown’s ability to stay poised on the court that makes the type of leader the Boston Celtics need.
As Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart bring leadership qualities to the team in different ways, Jaylen Brown is the one player capable of adding an explosive element to the team with his physical presence as well as his mental toughness.
A quality that Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens sees in his young player is that he is simply “good at basketball.” Not only has he elevated his offensive game to be a scoring threat from anywhere on the floor, he is a great defender on the other end of the floor.
Most importantly, he is not afraid of the big stage. Along with Jayson Tatum, he helped lead the Boston Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals in that 2017-18 NBA season. He was also a rookie on the team that went to the ECF a year prior led by Isaiah Thomas.
That experience of success and failure has turned Jaylen Brown into a grown man pretty quickly as his presence on and off the court is becoming a very valuable quality to a talented team that can challenge any team in the NBA.