The 2017 NBA Playoff’s provided us with much to ponder and debate, and the early round blowouts by Golden State & Cleveland, bar the LeBron-Gate Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals loss to an I.T.-less Boston Celtics, actually afforded us with even more time to ponder some of the potentially interesting sub-plots within the League as a whole. The conversations regarding the Rookie of the Year Award, the “One-And-Done” rule and the overall lack of genuine consistency in the level of young player entering the League, has not gone unnoticed over here at GSV.
In an attempt to help channel these conversations in a manner that will yield answers, instead of more questions, we have called in our Talent Scout to run the rule on the 2016 NBA Draft class, grading each players performance and overall impact, while also affording you with an analysis of how he views their projection in the league next season. The Rookie Assay series will profile the Lottery Picks from the 2016 NBA Draft, culminating in us announcing our GSV Rookie of the Year and profiling the projected Lottery Picks in the 1st Round of our 2017 NBA Mock Draft.
Boston Celtics | #7
DoB: October 24th, 1996 (20)
PoB: Marietta, Georgia; USA
Position/s: SG/ SF
Height: 2. 01m | 6’7
Weight: 102 kg | 225lb
High School: Joseph Wheeler High School | Marietta, Georgia; USA
College: University of California, Berkley | California Golden Bears
First-team All-Pac-12 | 2016
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year | 2016
McDonald’s All-American | 2015
First-team Parade All-American | 2015
Mr. Georgia Basketball | 2015
FIBA Americas u18 Championship Gold Medal | 2014 | USA
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The Grand Stand View
The Boston Celtics have long been seen as a dynasty on the cusp of returning to their former glory, having surprised many by winning the Eastern Conference this past season, the rebuild may now be a few pieces away from translating into a well established team that can rival the dynasties of yesteryear. One of the pieces that stand a great shot at playing a pivotal role in the team moving forward, is a largely underrated player that many felt wasn’t worth taking at 3 last season; in hindsight, Jaylen is already proving to be a steal in a draft where there were more misses than hits, while there is still time to change that analogy, with most picks having been drafted and stashed away to develop in the D-League or the EuroLeague. Jaylen Brown is a rarity in the current NBA, a rookie who actually contributed to a team that was playing to compete throughout the season, an experience that is sure to have placed him in great stead moving forward, as he is now in a great position to make the jump in his second season as an NBA player.
Playing on the wing is still one of the most coveted roles in basketball, despite the rise of perimeter inclined big-men and small-ball now becoming vogue; for a player to excel on the wing, they need to be able to contribute well on both ends of the court, or truly be outstanding at either scoring or lockdown defending. Jaylen is one of those rare talents with great upside on both sides of the ball, a naturally gifted athlete with a 7’0 inch wingspan, he’s well adept at defending 1-4, while also having the ability to create his own shot and score pretty well in the paint. In a 3 point shooting league, a guard needs to be able to shoot form range at a good rate, if they hope to stay on the court when it matters most, Jaylen will need to expand his range and grow confident in his ability to select when to pull-up, and when to drive into the land and use his finishing ability at the rim. In the current Boston Celtics setup, Jaylen could develop more into a combo forward than a pure shooting guard, which will help take full advantage of his high ceiling as a lockdown defender that can develop into an efficient scorer over time, much like Kawhi Leonard did at San Antonio with sound development and concerted coaching on his shooting.
The level of disappointment Boston Celtics fans felt when Jaylen was originally drafted, is less of a reflection on him, and more of a fair portrayal of the level of pressure that comes with playing in the Green & White; Jaylen has wasted no time in winning over the diehard Celtic fans, with his devoted application to the game and high upside as a lockdown defender, in a city where they pride themselves on playing great defence. Jaylen Brown may go down as one of the best picks in his draft class, which says a lot about his high ceiling, as the two picks ahead of him are slated to become All-Stars in years to come. A winning Boston Celtics team is great for the city and the League as a whole, but playing on a winning Boston Celtics side can set a young player up for the rest of their career, as we’ve often seen; Jaylen may be a 6th man or key rotation player for the first few years in Boston, but the intelligent young man will surely soak up all the game he can and continue to show out when his number is called.
Written by Mallele Chidi PeTje III (@MCPeTjeIII) for The Grand Stand View (@GSVDaily)