The Boston Celtics have selected 3rd in the NBA Draft for the past two years, bolstering their roster with fresh young talent. In the 2016 NBA Draft, the C’s took Jaylen Brown, an athletic, 6’7” wing scorer from California. In the 2017 NBA Draft, they picked up Jayson Tatum, a polished and mature wing from Duke. Of course, both players exhibit entirely different play-styles that benefit the team in multiple aspects. However, who, out of the two, will have a bigger impact during the 2017-2018 season?
Jaylen Brown, with a year of NBA experience, is ready for his second season. The best word to describe Brown is explosive. His numerous posterizing dunks and mesmerizing layups throughout last season proved that he is, of course, athletic, but his greatest gift is his mind. He is bold enough to be unintimidated by stars such as LeBron James and intelligent enough to take classes at MIT on the side. Based on his training videos on YouTube, Brown loves to work on his body and on his basketball skill-set. His greatest weakness was his handle, and many fans hoped that this particular aspect of his game was improved this offseason. Unfortunately, his dribbles looked as shaky as ever during the Summer League, and he turned the ball over too many times to demonstrate any improvement at all. This is particularly unsettling, especially because he loves to drive to the rim.
Early on in the season, expect Jaylen Brown to have a bigger role and impact. He’s fantastic at cutting to the rim, and he understands his own particular niche in the roster. However, it’s quite possible that he will begin to do too much with the ball and continue to turn the ball over. With more confidence, he will begin to tear up the league and terrorize defenses. As for Jayson Tatum, once he begins to become comfortable he will be a viable scorer off the bench, potentially scoring 10+ points per game. Do not ignore the fact that the two will dominate the second unit. Although Tatum changed his number from 11 to 0, the legend of 7/11 will continue through their bond on the court.