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Jaylen Brown skyrocketing as second banana


We were all witness to it. Jaylen Brown put on a show, albeit against a Grizzlies team that truly wanted the game over before it even began. Nonetheless, Brown showed what he's made of - hitting tough shot after tough shot, getting to the rack, and playmaking for his teammates. Brown has been a revelation through 5 games this year, and should continue to get better. 

To realistically have a shot at an NBA title, teams need at least 2 All-Star to All-NBA caliber players. Now more than ever, the league is dominated by dynamic duos. Kawhi and Paul George, Lebron and AD, Giannis and Khris Middleton, Durant and Kyrie, Bam and Jimmy, and so on. 

Among those duos, Brown has often been compared to two players in particular - Paul George and Khris "Celtics killer" Middleton. Both serve as the secondary option on their teams, but are more than capable of being the man on any given night. Likewise, both of those players effect every aspect of the game - plus defenders, great scorers, and above average facilitators. In the early parts of the season, Brown has looked more and more like one of those top tier "second bananas" (Middleton and George's stats are from the full 19-20 season).

   USG% = Usage rate
PSA = Points generated per 100 shot attempts
AST% = % of teammate makes that player assisted on

Brown's usage rate, points per shot attempt, and assist percentage are all quite similar to George and Middleton. Although it's very early in the season, what Brown has shown so far has been very encouraging for the Cs. There has been a lot of talk about trading Brown for bigger names to pair with Tatum, whether it be James Harden or Karl Anthony Towns. If Brown, however, keeps producing at his current level, then the Celtics could already have the foundation for their next championship squad. 

*All stats per cleaningtheglass.com*

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