Jaylen Brown
Jaylen Brown
21-Year-Old ForwardF
Boston Celtics
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Brown’s demeanor makes it easy to forget that the number three overall pick in the 2016 draft will only be 22 years old heading into the 2018-19 season. Brown made the leap from inconsistent rookie to much-improved sophomore last season, significantly upping his production in every aspect of his game, except free throw shooting. Heading into his third season, Brown is entrenched as one of Boston's keystones, but his immediate value is difficult to gauge, given the return of Gordon Hayward from injury. Possessions will be harder to come by this season with Hayward and Kyrie Irving, who also missed a chunk of time last season, back in action, but if Brown can continue to defend at an elite level and hit close to 40 percent of his three-pointers, as he did last year, Boston will find a way to get him shots. Even so, how he'll fit within the best collection of talent in the East is a major question mark, particularly after the emergence of Jayson Tatum, who may be the most untouchable player on the league's deepest roster. At the very least, Brown should be able to closely replicate last season's production, perhaps with a slight downturn in scoring if Hayward returns at 100 percent. Whether Brown can maintain his three-point efficiency, as well as improve at the charity stripe, will also be something for Fantasy owners to keep an eye on. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $9.69 million contract with the Celtics in July of 2016. Celtics exercised $5.17 million team option for 2018-19 in October of 2017.
Solid shooting night in preseason loss
FBoston Celtics
October 3, 2018
Brown produced 10 points (5-9 FG, 0-3 3Pt), three rebounds and one assist across 14 minutes during the Celtics' 102-95 preseason loss to the Cavaliers on Tuesday.
It was a second straight strong shooting night for Brown, who's now drained nine of 17 attempts over his last pair of exhibitions. The third-year wing has scored in double digits in all three preseason contests thus far and appears primed for a fruitful season in the backcourt alongside Kyrie Irving. His early success on offense lends credence to the notion that Brown could be set for another bump across the stat sheet in the coming campaign, following a sophomore effort that included averages of 14.5 points (on 46.5 percent shooting), 5.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steal across 70 games.
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#1 Shooting Guard
#5 Small Forward
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Yes, that was 20-year-old, third overall pick (2016 draft) Jaylen Brown you saw playing a lot of point guard during summer league games in Utah and Las Vegas. Why all the ball handling for a 6’7” top prospect considered a natural small forward? Prior to summer league, the Celtics signed Gordon Hayward and drafted Jayson Tatum, that’s why. In addition, Avery Bradley was sent to Detroit to clear up contract room for Hayward. That means the Celtics are stacked at small forward, but have open minutes at shooting guard. Brown already received 15-plus starts at shooting guard last year when Bradley was injured, so this isn’t really a position switch for Brown. Plus, Coach Brad Stevens has said he doesn’t see traditional positions, instead relying on “a ball handler, a wing or a big”. That may be especially true for Brown, who could occasionally set up plays or square up for corner threes on offense, while trying to stop the likes of LeBron James on defense. The big question is will Brown or Marcus Smart get the start at shooting guard. Smart is atop the depth chart now due to seniority. But Stevens really likes bringing Smart’s defense and post-up offense off the bench, taking advantage of backup opponent mismatches. Brown is also a much better catch-and-shoot option than Smart, which is helpful when fellow starter Kyrie Irving is on the floor. That thinking means Brown has the long-term advantage towards gathering more starts. In addition, the three for one Irving trade with Cleveland weakens Boston’s depth. Whether starting or coming off the bench, expect Brown’s minutes to greatly exceed last year’s 17.0 minutes per game. The ceiling is high for Brown. It will be interesting to see how Stevens balances striving for the Finals while also developing young stars Brown and Tatum.
The Celtics made Brown the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 draft, adding even more young talent to one of the league's deepest rosters. While Brown's upside may not be as high as that of Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram, he has the makings of an intriguing swingman at the NBA level. Capable of playing and guarding up to three positions, Brown averaged 14.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists as a freshman at Cal last season, teaming with fellow five-star freshman Ivan Rabb to lead the Golden Bears to the NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-7 Brown thrives as an attacker in the open court, but he struggled shooting the ball, converting 43.1 percent of his field goals and only 29.4 percent of his three-point looks. Failure to improve as a jump shooter could limit Brown's effectiveness as a rookie, but he's an all-around talent who should defend at a high enough level to warrant consistent minutes off the bench. Brown is projected to back up Jae Crowder at small forward, and he could also see time at shooting guard, as well as at power forward in small-ball lineups.
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Starting preseason opener
FBoston Celtics
September 28, 2018
Brown will start Friday's preseason opener against Charlotte.
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Poor shooting effort in Game 7 loss
FBoston Celtics
May 28, 2018
Brown supplied 13 points (5-18 FG, 3-12 3Pt), six rebounds, one assists and one steal across 39 minutes in Sunday's 87-79 ECF Game 7 loss to the Cavaliers.
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Efficient night in losing effort
FBoston Celtics
May 25, 2018
Brown finished with 27 points (11-18 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-6 FT), three rebounds and one assist in 33 minutes during Friday's 109-99 loss to the Cavaliers.
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Struggles from the field in Wednesday's victory
FBoston Celtics
May 24, 2018
Brown had 17 points (4-15 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 7-8 FT), three rebounds, two assists and one block in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 96-83 victory over the Cavaliers.
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Leads team with 25 points in Game Four loss
FBoston Celtics
May 21, 2018
Brown had 25 points (10-23 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 39 minutes during Monday's 111-102 loss to Cleveland.
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