Jaylen Brown
Jaylen Brown
23-Year-Old ForwardF
Boston Celtics
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Expectations for Brown before his third NBA season probably should have been tempered with the knowledge that Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving were returning to Boston's starting lineup. Brown went from 30.7 minutes per game and 70 starts in 2017-18 to 25.9 minutes per contest and only 25 starts last season. There were other concerns as well. Brown's three-point shooting dipped from 39.5% to 34.4%, and his poor free-throw shooting continued to hover around 66% -- unacceptable for a high-pedigree wing. The 3rd overall pick in 2016 lost his starting gig in late November to Marcus Smart and didn't recover until mid-April. But now the Celtic depth chart is considerably thinner due to the departure of Irving, Al Horford, Marcus Morris, Terry Rozier and Aron Baynes. And Smart will probably see more minutes at back-up point guard. Combine Smart's changing role with Morris' departure, and suddenly Brown has an opportunity to once again see 30 minutes per contest. Whether that's as a starter or leader of the second unit is yet to be determined. Smart's aggressive defense is an excellent complement to the offensive games of Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum, leaving Brown as possibly the odd man out. The Cal product will be a restricted free agent at the end of this season. More consistent defensive intensity and improved free-throw shooting (maybe unlikely at this stage) would greatly increase the 22-year-old's market value. Brown will turn 23 in late October. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $107 million contract extension with the Celtics in October of 2019.
Personal Bio

Jaylen Brown was born in Marietta, Georgia, to parents Marcelles and Mechalle Brown. He has one brother, Quenton. Brown's father Marcelles is a seven-foot-tall former professional boxer. In high school, Brown played at Wheeler High School in Marietta. He was a Consensus First-Team All-American and top-five national high school prospect. In 2014, Brown won a FIBA Americas Championship gold medal as part of the USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team. To spread positive energy throughout the community, Brown started The 7uice Foundation (www.the7uicefoundation.com). The organization "Is dedicated to positively affecting the lives of 'at risk' children and young adults through educational, athletic and social programs." Learn more by following Brown @fchwpo on Instagram and @FCHWPO on Twitter. Brown's mother calls Jaylen "Old Man" because he "moves slow and talks slow".

College/International Summary

Before being drafted by Boston, Jaylen Brown played for one year at the University of California. He averaged 14.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.9 made three pointers per game on his way to Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and First-Team All-Pac-12 (10-man team) honors for the 2015-16 season. Brown started in all 34 games in which he appeared. He was also selected for the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team and USBWA All-American Freshman Team. Brown finished the season third in the Pac-12 in free-throw attempts and sixth in free throws made. Brown's scoring peak was 27 points, which he managed in a home game versus Richmond and a road matchup at Utah. He had four double-doubles and six 20-point games. The Cal Bears finished the season at 23-11, losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Explosive in Game 3 win
FBoston Celtics
September 20, 2020
Brown exploded for 26 points (11-17 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-5 FT), seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block over 43 minutes in Saturday's 117-106 Eastern Conference finals Game 3 win over Miami.
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Brown was extremely aggressive all game, applied exhausting defensive ball pressure, and frequently, forcefully drove to the bucket for high percentage shots. While much was made of Gordon Hayward's helpful return (ankle), it was Brown who led Boston to victory. The Celtics, via Brown, seemed to determine that the way to break Miami's zone defense was to drive to the hoop and either shoot or dish to the corners. Brown's aggressiveness continued through all four quarters, in sharp contrast to Boston's up-and-down play in Games 1 and 2. Brown and his teammates now have a long wait before taking the court Wednesday for Game 4.
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Brown entered his third NBA season with great expectations after his outstanding performances in the playoffs the year before. However, with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward both healthy, Brown ended up starting just 25 times in 74 games. Nonetheless, he remained an efficient scorer for the Celtics, averaging 13.0 points along with 4.2 rebounds per game. Brown duplicated his 46.5 field-goal percentage from the year before and made 1.3 three-pointers per game, hitting them at a 34.4 percent clip. Despite the limited opportunities available to him, the Cal product still scored 20-plus points on 14 separate occasions, with 11 of those performances coming off the bench. That included his biggest game of the year, a 30-point outburst on 10-of-15 shooting against the Spurs on New Year's Eve. Brown also collected a pair of double-doubles off the bench, most impressively picking up 24 points and 10 rebounds in a Jan. 30 win over the Hornets. He went on to start all nine of the Celtics' playoff games, averaging 13.9 points on an impressive 50.6 percent shooting along with 5.8 rebounds per game. Brown's top playoff performance came in Game 3 of the first round against the Pacers, when he scored 23 points with seven boards.

2017

Brown grew into a far larger role in his sophomore season, blossoming into one of the league's most promising young swingmen. The former No. 3 overall pick started all 70 games in which he appeared, delivering averages of 14.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game -- blowing his rookie numbers out of the water on all counts. He upped his field-goal percentage to 46.5, thanks in large part to much-improved accuracy from three-point range -- 39.5 percent. An excellent defender, he was usually matched up against the opponent's top scoring wing, but he did plenty of scoring of his own. Brown opened the season with a 25-point game against Cleveland on Oct. 17, exceeding his personal best as a rookie right away. He went on to score 20 or more points 16 times, topping out with a 32-point game (including a career-high seven three-pointers) against the Bulls on Apr. 6. He also double-doubled thrice, including collecting a career-high 13 rebounds against the Hornets on Nov. 10. Come playoff time, an injury to Kyrie Iriving forced Brown and other young Celtics to step up. Brown became one of the team's primary scoring options, posting 18.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game across 18 contests in the Celtics' run to the Eastern Conference Finals. He cleared 30 points twice in the first round against Milwaukee, including exceeding his regular-season best with 34 points in Game 4 of that series.

2016

The Celtics took Brown third overall out of Cal Berkeley in the 2016 NBA Draft. He got his first start in the fifth game of the season, posting 19 points, five rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block in a loss at Cleveland. After his third start, Brown returned to a bench role. However, he again got the opportunity to start when a late-January injury to shooting guard Avery Bradley opened up space in the lineup. Ultimately, Brown started 20 times among his 78 games, averaging 6.6 points and 2.8 rebounds while making 45.4 percent of his field goals and 34.1 percent of his shots from three-point range. He set his season high in scoring in a start Jan. 27 against Orlando, racking up 20 points along with eight rebounds. Defensively, he proved to be a good fit for coach Brad Stevens' switching schemes. Brown's defense off the bench contributed to the Celtics finishing with the best regular-season record in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals before falling to the Cavaliers in five games. Brown came off the bench for all but one of Boston's 17 playoff games, averaging 5.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per contest. He exploded for 19 points off the bench in Game 2 against Cleveland. Following the season, Brown was named to the All-Rookie Second Team.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2016
    Drafted by the Boston Celtics in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft.
  • July 27, 2016
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Boston Celtics. Agreement is for two years with two additional years of team options.
  • October 21, 2019
    Signed a four-year contract extension with the Boston Celtics.
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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.
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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Drains 21 in Game 7 victory
FBoston Celtics
September 12, 2020
Brown totaled 21 points (10-17 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 0-1 FT), eight rebounds, four steals and two assists in 43 minutes of Friday's 92-87 win over Toronto.
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Big night in Game 6 loss
FBoston Celtics
September 9, 2020
Brown had 31 points (11-30 FG, 4-13 3PT, 5-5 FT), 16 rebounds, two assists and two steals in Wednesday's Game 6 double-overtime loss to Toronto.
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Goes for 27 in win
FBoston Celtics
September 7, 2020
Brown racked up 27 points (10-18 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds and three steals in Monday's Game 5 win over Toronto.
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Puts up double-double in loss
FBoston Celtics
September 3, 2020
Brown scored 19 points (9-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), and added 12 rebounds, four blocks and two assists in 40 minutes of Thursday's 104-103 Game 3 loss to the Raptors.
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Excels on D in Game 2 win
FBoston Celtics
September 2, 2020
Brown produced 16 points (5-13 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks over 36 minutes in Tuesday's 102-99 Game 2 win over Toronto.
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