Jaylen Brown: ‘I want to be a playmaker on this team right away’
Jaylen Brown is done waiting.
Following what many have called a productive rookie season with the Celtics, the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs in 2016-17, the No. 3 overall pick last year has averaged 14.7 points and eight rebounds in four Summer League games (27 minutes per game). He scored 29 points and added 13 rebounds in Boston’s Summer League opener vs. Philadelphia in Utah on July 3.
In Sunday night’s 70-64 win over the Trail Blazers in Las Vegas, Brown threw down a thunderous poster dunk on Portland’s Josh Scott, earning him the No. 3 slot in ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 plays.
The second-year player-to-be feels he is ready for a bigger role with the Celtics and says he is using this summer to “prove a point.” He told CSNNE’s Abby Chin on Thursday that he doesn’t want to be a development project. He wants to contribute right away.
“I’m using Summer League to prove a point,” he said in the interview. “That I want to be someone who can add and contribute, and be a playmaker on this team right away. I don’t want to wait two, three, four years down the line. I think I’m ready now, and I’m going to continue to get better to show that I’m better now.”
Brown averaged 17.2 minutes per game as a rookie.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog