Jaylen Brown Contract Extension
Article written by Dylan Devine (10/30)
On October 21st, 2019 SG Jaylen Brown agreed to a four-year, $115M contract with the Boston Celtics. For a few weeks the Celtics and Brown not being on the same page as Brown turned down a few different offers from Boston believing he was worth more then what they were offering him. Now a lot of people were questioning the Celtics decision to give Brown this huge contract and believe he is not deserving of it, but I am here to give my opinion on why I think this was a great decision by the Celtics. Danny Ainge is arguably the best GM in the NBA and he normally does not do business like this. Brown is the first player coming off of a rookie deal that Ainge has extended since PG Rajon Rondo in 2009. Brown was picked number three in the 2016 NBA Draft. He had a mediocre rookie season playing around just 17 minutes per game averaging 6.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, and 0.8 APG. Next season his numbers increased big time with the new look Celtics team. JB played 30.7 minutes per game averaging 14.5 PPG, 1.6 APG, 1.0 SPG, and 4.9 RPG. His performance in the 2018 playoffs for the Celtics without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward showed what his potential in the NBA could look like. Brown’s play and consistency was a key component in the Celtics reaching the Eastern Conference Finals that season averaging 18.0 PPG, 1.4 APG, and 4.8 RPG in the playoffs. He is a very versatile two-way player in an era of basketball that has premium value on that type of player. In the 2018-2019 season Brown had a very rocky first half of the season but he became more consistent in the second half of the season, he finished last season averaging 13.9 PPG, 1.1 APG, and 5.8 RPG. I firmly believe the main reason the Celtics and Danny Ainge gave Brown this huge extension is off of looking back at his performance in the 2018 playoffs which was where he showed the player he can become in this league if given the right opportunity, and this season he will see more minutes and more opportunities to show out like he did in the 2018 playoff run. Danny Ainge said “So yeah, we’re betting on Jaylen. We really like him, and I’m glad we did get the deal done. I think Jaylen can relax and play and we’ll get the most out of him this year. But we have him for five years under contract now and I’m excited about that in the prime of his career.” This shows that the Celtics and Ainge really trust Brown and how he will develop as a player over the next few years, they most definitely would not have given him that extension if they didn’t see him becoming a star NBA player over time. I believe Brown will show out this season averaging around 17.8 PPG, 2.1 APG, and 5.3 RPG. JB has the potential to be a top ten Shooting Guard in the NBA overtime in my opinion and I believe he is going to start proving himself as a star in the league this season.