This was an important season for Celtics forward Jaylen Brown, his fourth in the NBA. A year after he was given a sizable new contract by the Celtics, he came through with a breakout season, averaging 20.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists, with 48.1% shooting from the field—all of which were career highs.
The normally reserved Brown took on a greater role with his team, as a player and as a leader.
Jaylen Brown demanded attention in his 4th season 🎼🎻 pic.twitter.com/7HHnzJI8I2
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 17, 2020
But he also expanded his horizons as an off-the-court figure, leading a protest against police violence in his home city of Atlanta this summer following the death of George Floyd. He remained outspoken about social justice issues even when the NBA returned after its coronavirus hiatus this summer, and was an influential voice in the league’s Orlando bubble environment.
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In an interview with the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn this week, Brown made clear that even as he develops as a player, he wants to continue to build on that part of his legacy going forward.
“I’m not a politician,” he told Washburn. “I’m not a civil rights leader or anything like that, but I do recognize that I have a platform and hopefully I can try to enhance voices that get lost in the midst of things and also enhance all these grass-roots organizations that are devoting their time, energy, and life 24/7 to this.”
Celtics Gave Jaylen Brown a Major Contract Extension
The Celtics took a chance on giving Brown a major contract extension a year ago despite the fact that he did not progress much in his third season. His playing time (30.5 minutes to 25.9 minutes) dropped, as did his scoring (14.5 points to 13.0 points). His effective field-goal percentage, which takes 3-point shots into account, dropped from 54.0% to 52.5%.
The Celtics were reluctant to give Brown the big extension, but after other players—Sacramento’s Buddy Hield, most prominently—cashed in, Boston felt compelled to follow suit. The team has been pleased with Brown’s development on all fronts.
With bonuses now finalized, Jaylen Brown’s salary for 2021, in the first year of his four-year extension with Boston, will be $23,735,119.
The projected max salary Brown could have signed for is …read more