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Jaylen Brown's strength, physique and post-draft progress

 Three years ago, I wrote about how quickly deconditioning can occur with elite athletes. Jaylen Brown is certainly in the "elite athlete" category. At 6'6", he carries 223 pounds with only 5.1% body fat.

Look at the above photo. There is only about 11 pounfs fat in his entire frame. When we ordinary folks are told to pinch an inch (25 millimeters) or less in the abdominal area, caliper measurements on Jaylen's mid-section would show low single digit-millimeter numbers.

Brown looks like he weighs less than he actually does. He is that solid, and he has remarkable quickness when he turns on the after-burners. As a comparison, the great Reggie Lewis, at 6'7", only weighed 195 pounds. And Jayson Tatum, at 6'8", comes in at 210 pounds. Jaylen uses his physique and strength to his advantage on his drives to the hoop. Here's a quote from Brown following being drafted by the Celtics:

“NBA is a faster pace, faster tempo, so it’s a lot of transition, and I feel like that’s where I excel, that’s where I thrive,” said Brown, who will get a rookie deal of $9,699,480 guaranteed. “However, I do have to get a lot better.”

And he did excel in Boston victory over the Pelicans last night. Brown had a double-double of 41 points and 12 boards. He was on a different level, which didn't go unnoticed on Twitter:

And it continues:

Jaylen Brown has not lost anything since his entry into the NBA. He just keeps getting better. His improved foul shooting, handles, strength and skills were on display last night at TD Garden. He now goes into traffic - takes the contact - and has the physical strength to finish. Jaylen can be a nightmare for defenders.



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