Jaylen Brown, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, established an impressive performance in his summer league debut on Monday.
Recalling before the 2016 NBA draft, rumors were circulating the Boston Celtics about their intention to trade their third overall pick and a starter to acquire a superstar for their team. However, it seems like the Celtics have found their own future superstar in Jaylen Brown.
“He was great,” Terry Rozier said. “We need a guy who can play above the rim like that. You can hear a lot of oohs and aahs. He impressed me, too. He’s a great guy. He doesn’t come in thinking he’s better than everybody else. I talk to him all the time. All I tell him is I’ll get a hand-off to you and you just go dunk the ball – that’s all you have to tell him. He’ll go dunk it and tear the rim down.”
The Boston Celtics clashed against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Utah Summer League. Ben Simmons and Jaylen Brown played against each other where the latter outplayed the No. 1 overall pick in terms of points. Brown’s stepped up for the Celtics in the fourth quarter to achieve victory over the Sixers, 102-94.
Ben Simmons only finished 10 points on 2-of-9 shooting. Though he struggled to contribute in terms of points, many have praised Simmons’ court vision, enabling him to provide good assists to his teammates.
On the other hand, Jaylen Brown established 16 points and became the main piece in the Celtics’ final quarter run. However, the 6-foot-7 forward will be sidelined for the succeeding games after suffering hyperextended knee.
“I don’t think it’s bad,” summer league coach Micah Shrewsberry said. “It’s summer league. He doesn’t need to [rush] anything like that right now. We got a lot of games still this summer. It’s kinda precautionary; just let him rest. Rest, then another day off, then he’ll be back for the next one.”
Same goes with Ben Simmons, who suffered cramps early in the game. He was forced to leave after being stuffed by Jaylen Brown.
“I’m good,” Simmons said, via ESPN’s Chris Forsberg. “Just cramps. … It’s been about four months since I played. That’s the main reason. I haven’t played in a while.”
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