California Golden Bears alum Jaylen Brown made a decision to come out early, and it paid off. Earlier this week, the NBA awarded him a place on the league’s All-Rookie Second Team. Brown received 24 first-team votes and 106 points to join Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets), Marquese Chriss (Phoenix Suns), Brandon Ingram (Los Angeles Lakers) and Yogi Ferrell (Dallas Mavericks) on the second team.
Brown was drafted third overall in 2016 by a Boston team that was already pretty deep, so playing time was limited compared to other rookies drafted that high. Brown still managed to average 6.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 17.2 minutes in 78 appearances with the Celtics. He even got 20 starts, averaging 10.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists in those situations.
The 2016 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year finished the season strong, averaging 8.6 points in the final 25 games, including the NBA Playoffs. Brown showcased some great moments, particularly in the final two playoff rounds against the Wizards and the Cavaliers. Against the NBA Finals competitor Cleveland Cavaliers, Brown shot 58.6 percent and averaged 9.0 points.
Congrats to Jaylen!