Jaylen Brown is having a career year after signing a $115M contract extension with the Celtics before the season started. Brown is averaging a career-high in points (19.3), rebounds (6.9), assists (2.2), FT% (73%), FG% (50%), and minutes per game (33.8). To sum it all up, Jaylen Brown is competing at an All-Star level.
There were plenty of expectations for Brown coming into this season. After having a not-so-great year in 2019, many fans (myself included) were expecting Brown to have a bounce-back year after Kyrie Irving left to go to Brooklyn. After he signed his extension two days before the beginning of the season, the expectations got even higher.
Was he going to live up to his new deal? Did Danny Ainge and the Celtics overpay for a player who only averaged 13 points and four rebounds last year? Jaylen Brown always had a ton of potential, and that’s why Boston gave him this deal.
The Celtics knew things didn’t work out well for Brown last season, but they knew it wasn’t his fault. With Irving and other key pieces from last year’s team gone, Brown was finally going to have a chance to be one of the team’s best players this season.
That’s exactly what’s he been.
Jaylen Brown is putting up career-highs and has been playing at an elite level this season. He’s been one of Boston’s best players, especially when Gordon Hayward was out with an injury. He’s shot over 50% in 14 of his 21 games played this year, including a streak of eight straight games. He’s been efficient and a player that the Celtics can rely on to get buckets when they need them.
With all that being said, Jaylen Brown should be an All-Star this year. It’s going to be a tight race in the Eastern Conference because there are plenty of players who deserve to make the roster. Other players who will be in the running include Jimmy Butler, Khris Middleton, Bam Adebayo, Andre Drummond, Malcolm Brogdon, Ben Simmons, and teammate Jayson Tatum.
Jaylen Brown deserves to make the All-Star roster because of his improvement from last season to now. Plus, he’s been one of the best players on one of the best teams in the East. Teammates Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum are a shoo-in to make the roster, but it’ll be a little tougher for Brown to make it.
Jaylen Brown has taken the leap this year and is becoming the player Boston fans have been waiting for him to be since the Celtics’ 2018 playoff run. I hope fans and voters have taken notice of what Brown’s done this year because it has been more than impressive.
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