Jaylen Brown is entering his rookie season in a unique position. Most top-3 picks join a lottery team focused on developing their talent and getting a glimpse into the future. Brown joins a Celtics team that is a little more concentrated on building from the momentum of the last couple of playoff seasons and making progress towards becoming a legit contender.
High lottery teams tend to put a magnifying glass on their draft picks because they represent the team’s best hope at getting good again (someday). The Celtics will be a lot more centered on fellow newcomer Al Horford.
While they are different players that will develop in their own ways, it is hard not to compare Brown to the Heat’s Justise Winslow, who averaged 6.4 points in 28.6 minutes per game during his rookie season (and was named to the 2nd team All-Rookie squad).
The Celtics have a deep rotation, so minutes could be hard to come by. On the other hand, after incumbent starter Jae Crowder, there’s not a lot of competition at his natural position of small forward (and Crowder will swing over to play smallball 4 in certain lineups).
Determining how well Jaylen Brown performs this season will depend, in part, on what kinds of expectations are placed upon him. So what are you looking for from the rookie? Feel free to either use stats or speak in more general terms.