2016 NBA Draft: Jaylen Brown scouting report
Jaylen Brown 2016 NBA Draft scouting report
Jaylen Brown scouting report
Jaylen Brown was in a less-than-ideal situation as a freshman at California, which makes it difficult to assess his NBA upside. While averaging 14.6 points per game, he showed enough flashes to keep him in consideration as a top draft pick. Brown has a reportedly high work ethic and fixable flaws, so there’s a chance his weaknesses are someday viewed as strengths.
Click through the slides for Brown's strengths, weaknesses, and his fit on the Celtics.
Brown could step on an NBA floor today and perform defensively. He has a strong frame and a long wingspan that give him the ability to defend multiple positions. Brown’s greatest value could be his ability to comfortably switch screens, making him someone coaches can rely on in end-of-game situations.
Even though Brown is raw on offense, he’s shown flashes of his high upside. California had poor spacing, so he didn’t have driving lanes. But he at least has the ability to bully his way to the rim, similar to how Jae Crowder does. However, unlike Crowder, Brown can create off the dribble by using his burst.
By all accounts Brown has a high IQ and a great work ethic. He does yoga. He plays chess. He’s a reader. But you wouldn’t know it watching him play. Brown chucks up shots early in the clock, despite being a below average shooter (29.4 percent from three). Sometimes he’ll drive straight into defenders and force wild layups. Despite being a good passer, he often turns into a record scratcher by stopping the flow of the offense when he gets a touch.
These are fixable flaws, but it’s hard to understand why Brown even has them considering his IQ off the court. Maybe he overthinks instead of playing naturally -- paralysis by over analysis. Or maybe he has simply taken advantage of his physical tools for so long that college was an adjustment period for him to play with skill and not just athleticism.
Brown has a similar skill-set to Crowder, but that doesn’t make him redundant. You can never have enough Crowders on your roster -- especially when Brown has the upside to be even better. He’s an aggressive scorer and a versatile defender, so that alone brings value. The Celtics could use Brown in small ball lineups and -- if he improves his basketball IQ -- as a secondary playmaker.
But he’s a subpar shooter and the Celtics rank 29th in three-point percentage over the last three seasons, so shooting is a need. If the Celtics feel confident Brown can develop his shot (or he does so during the pre-draft training process), then he has a chance of being the best player from this draft class.
Brown will be available with the No. 3 pick in the draft, if the Celtics choose to stay there.
It’s possible he drops though, much like Stanley Johnson (No. 8 to Detroit) and Justise Winslow (No. 10 to Miami) did last year. So there’s always a chance they could try to trade up for him using their mountain of assets.
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