Like the Celtics as a team, Jaylen Brown appears to be ahead of schedule.
Here are his basic shooting stats from his 2015-2016 year at Cal:
Looking at those stats, Danny Ainge was careful, when introducing Brown to a skeptical audience of Celtic fans in June of 2016, to explain that Brown was a “raw talent” who needed “development.”
Here are his overall regular season numbers for 2016-2017
In other words, playing in the NBA at 20, he actually out-performed how he shot the ball in college.
But wait, the story gets better.
Here are his stats after the all-star break (25 games):
Okay, he struggled at the line a bit in the spring.
Wait again though, there’s more.
Like most players — certainly unless you get over 35-40 minutes a game — Brown shoots better when he’s able to play for longer stretches and get more touches.
Brown as a starter (20 games)
(therefore having to play against starting talent)
Brown in games playing 20 minutes or more (27 games)
IT’S A REMINDER, as one of his fellow Cal students commented last summer, that “shooting can be taught,” whereas, “basketball IQ cannot. Heart cannot.”
Likewise: “You can teach shooting and handles much easier than defensive capabilities,” or, I would add, the foot speed and the will to play great defense. (cc: Celtics draft team.)
The formula for Brown’s continued development in 2017-2018?
It would appear to be:
1. keep doing whatever he’s been doing in practice (and his long hours after practice);
2. give him more minutes; and
3. get him more touches.
(By Celtics247.com staff)
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