These Massive Contract Extensions Keep Reminding Me How Underpaid Jaylen Brown Is

Since the start of free agency, many up-and-coming players, including Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell, and Brandon Ingram, have signed massive contract extensions with their respective teams. Each deal ranges anywhere between $160M and up to $200M. To make a long story short, these young guys are getting paid.

The more I read about these players signing their contracts, the more I remind myself how underpaid Jaylen Brown is. Before last season began, Brown agreed to a four-year/$115M contract extension with the Boston Celtics.

At the time, A LOT of people said the Celtics overpaid for him. Well, after his monster season and seeing the numbers that these other players are making, it’s clear that those people were very wrong. Jaylen Brown’s contract is a steal for Boston.

It goes without being said that Jaylen Brown is worth every single penny and dollar in his contract. Brown was arguably Boston’s most consistent player last season, averaging 20.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game with 48/38 shooting splits. That’s pretty good for a 24-year-old who’s only getting started.

Fans can say whatever they want about Jaylen Brown, but one thing they can’t say is that he’s overpaid. When he signed that contract last year, I knew it would be a steal in the long run. After a forgettable 2018-2019 season, the only place to go was up for Jaylen. He had a massive chip on his shoulder and exceeded all expectations this past season. He proved he was worth the money.

I really don’t have much else to say except that I’m blessed that Jaylen Brown is on the Celtics. Jayson Tatum might be the face of the franchise, but Jaylen Brown is right beside him. The Celtics wouldn’t be in the position that they’re in right now if it wasn’t for Jaylen. He is an essential part of the franchise and provides value both on and off the court.

And shoutout to the haters who fuel Jaylen and motivate him to be a better player every single day. Without you, this wouldn’t be possible. Also, shoutout to Danny Ainge for seeing something in Jaylen that many others didn’t. Danny Ainge can see into the future; never forget that.

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