Skip to main content

Would 76'ers take Jaylen Brown over Ben Simmons in a redoing of the 2016 draft?


 My quick answer to the above question is you bet! Philadelphia had possession of the first pick in the 2016 NBA draft and chose Ben Simmons. Two picks later, the Boston Celtics took Jaylen Brown. Ben sat out the 2016-17 season with an injury, but Jaylen hopped right into the fray immediately.

That's the point made by an unnamed Eastern Conference Exec via Michael Scotto. Simmons generally is the same player that came in as a rookie in the 2017-18 season. His stats reveal the same. His numbers this season are mostly down over his debut year. His points, assists, steals and field goal percentage are all down this season, and his fouls and turnovers are up. How about 3-pointers, you may ask? Please! He has attempted only nine (9) treys in his entire career.

Jaylen is a different story.  Here are the numbers::

Rookie: 6.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.2 BPG,  0.9 TOs/game, 45% FG, 34% 3s

2020-21: 26.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.5 APG,  1.7 SPG, 0.7 BPG, 2.9 TO/game, 54% FG, 42% 3's

One other point. Admittedly, Ben's free throw percentage is up this season over his rookie campaign, from 56% to 60% respectively. Still not acceptable. Brown has worked on his free throws, hitting 68% in his premier season, compared to 77% this year.

That's the difference. This quiet young star has little flash about him, but a lot of substance. He has subtly worked on his game, and it shows. Not so with Simmons. As stated earlier, would Philly take Jaylen over Ben if they could replay that 2016 draft? You bet they would!



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Sign the Petition! Let's honor Tommy Heinsohn

  No longtime Celtics fan can watch games this year without a somewhat heavy heart. For the last 50 plus years, we have been blessed as a franchise to have Tommy Heinsohn, Mr. Celtic himself, as a part of the organization. Whether it be as a player, coach, or commentator, Tommy has been an instrumental figure for the green, and his presence is missed on every broadcast. Nobody embodied what it meant to be a Celtic more than Tommy, and I know I miss his energy and ferocity every time Scal claims the refs "made the right call" against the Cs. While Tommy obviously belongs on the Mount Rushmore of Celtics, he is often overlooked in his place among the greats of NBA history. Looking back upon his life, one would be hard pressed to find someone with a bigger impact on NBA basketball than Mr. Celtic. For those who are unfamiliar, let's do a quick review. Tommy is one of 2 people to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as both a player and coach (the other being the indomitable Len

Marcus Smart: The gentle side of a ferocious competitor

Marcus Smart's ferocity strikes fear into most of his opponents, but he has a tender side. The same dogged defender that harasses opponents into making mistakes and picks up floor burns diving on the floor for loose balls took the time to comfort my family when we were hosted at TD Garden on Saturday, February 29, 2020. This all started following the November death of my granddaughter, Courtney, after a 25-year battle with cystic fibrosis. She left behind my great grandson, Carson Thomas Lane, and I made a very simple request to Carson's namesake, Celtics rookie Carsen Edwards. My Twitter followers stepped up immediately with countless retweets and notifications. Edwards responded promptly via Twitter, as did Marcus Smart, who prompted Twitter followers to "send mail that uplifts & showers this kid with love" . Carson Thomas Lane- I lost my mom recently to. But it’s people like ur great grandpa who will get u thru the tough times as you grow up. Much love youn

We may be glad Danny Ainge rolled the dice on Theis

Frankly, I was not sure if Danny Ainge would ink Daniel Theis to a new deal, but it looks like a good move. Theis is signed for two years at a total of $10 million, with the second year non-guaranteed. With the departure of big men Al Horford and Aron Baynes, rolling the dice on Theis could work very well. In his first season in Boston, Daniel just kept improving. For the pre-All-Star stretch, he averaged 14.5 minutes/Game, 5.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG while shooting 52% on field goals and 30% on treys. Post-All-Star his minutes increased to 18.4 per game, his points to 7.8/game and his boards to 5.3/game. And he shot 68% on field goals and 40% on 3-pointers. Then a meniscus tear shut him down. His minutes and production took a hit last season, in part most likely due to lagging recovery from the injury. Right now he is playing on German's entry in the FIBA World Cup. In a game versus The Czech Rebublic, he scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds, passed off for three assists and blocked tw