This was always the dream when these two players were drafted in consecutive years. The 1-2 punch of two dynamic scoring wings along with the defensive length and athleticism has become one of the stories of the season. Jayson Tatum has been getting a lot of the attention lately, so it is easy to overlook the continual strides forward that Jaylen Brown has made in his shadow.
It would also be easy to imagine some level of jealousy or sibling rivalry to develop in that relationship, but thus far there have been no signs of that. If anything, there seems to be a lot of love and appreciation on all sides.
“We’ve both kinda taken leaps this year, and so it’s been fun,” Tatum said of he and Brown. “He’s been playing great all season, and he’s one of the biggest reasons why we’ve been winning.”
Then from Jaylen:
Jaylen Brown talking about Tatum: "You've got to want for your brother what you want for yourself." pic.twitter.com/AzxTimPG2P— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) February 26, 2020
Their coach has noticed it too. He speaks fondly of the way the two players compliment each other.
Brad Stevens on Brown & Tatum complementing each other this season— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) February 26, 2020
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Bigtime credit goes to Jaylen Brown for having advanced maturity for a guy his age and in his position. He seems to be seeing things from the right perspective and focusing on the right things.
Jaylen: "I’m trying to lead these guys & be a motivator & give them confidence or get the best out of them. There’s a lot of guys in this league that are super-talented, but a lot of them don’t know how to win or be leaders. So as I’m learning, I think that’s an important part."— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) February 26, 2020
If this team is going to become the best version of itself, Tatum and Brown have to be at the center of everything and working seamlessly together towards a shared vision and goal. So far, so good.