Jaylen Brown: Floor/Ceiling Projections
Height: 6′ 7″
Wingspan: 7′ 0.5″
2015-16 Stats: 14.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2
If Jaylen Brown reaches his potential, like Jimmy Butler, it will take time for Brown to develop. The Bulls guard drafted 30th overall, was viewed mainly as a defensive stopper coming out of Marquette. Brown’s lone season at Cal, resembles that of Butler’s final year at Marquette where he [Butler] averaged,15.7 PPG, 6.1 RPG and 2.3 APG compared to Brown’s 14.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 2.0 APG. With world-class athleticism, and a strong body to take hits in the paint, Brown will look to score relying heavily on his quick step, and athleticism, making him dangerous in transition and a force when driving. Brown will need to develop his shooting ability, but that is something that he can learn and improve on over time. If he is able to do so, his offensive game will become deadly and could become the go-to scorer Butler has become for the Bulls.
Wesley Johnson who was projected to become a two-way star coming out of Syracuse never got his shot going, as he owns a 40.4 career field-goal percentage and a career 34.4% beyond the arc in his career. Coming out of Cal, Brown shot 43.1% from the field, and 29.4% from beyond the arc. If Brown struggles to develop his shot, and solely relies on his quick step and ability to get to the paint, he will be viewed as nothing more than a defensive specialist, and someone who could be prone to turnovers, as Brown tends to do too much on the offensive end. Johnson has become a defensive specialist who can guard multiple positions (2,3,4) and the same can be said for Brown and his imposing man-body frame. But with lack of consistency in his shot, it will be difficult for Brown to take the next step and become a two-way star.
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