Jaylen Brown Is Ready for the NBA’s Space and Boston Celtics’ Expectations

July 13th, 2016 by Brian Robb Leave a reply »

LAS VEGAS — General manager Danny Ainge has a track record of surprising the NBA landscape with his first-round picks, and that trend continued in June when the Boston Celtics selected Jaylen Brown third overall.

The 6'7" California wing was projected to go outside the top five by most respected mock drafts, including DraftExpress and Bleacher Report. However, Brown's athleticism and work ethic caught the eye of the Celtics brass during a pair of workouts in Boston. So did his improved shooting from three-point range after hitting just 29.4 percent (30-of-102) from distance during his sole collegiate season.

Ultimately, Ainge saw enough promise to roll the dice on the raw 19-year-old prospect for a 48-win, Eastern Conference semifinalist that's ready to make a deep playoff push.

The question Celtics fans are rightfully wondering: How much can the versatile wing contribute right away? He fills a need at small forward with the departure of Evan Turner, but after an up-and-down summer league, he still has to earn the trust of the team's coaching staff.

"Time will tell," Celtics head coach Brad Stevens s ...

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