Jaylen Brown has agreed to a five-year extension with the Boston Celtics that will pay him $304 million guaranteed. This is the largest NBA contract ever and will make him the highest-paid player in the league when it kicks in for the 2024-2025 NBA season, if no other player signs a bigger deal before then.
This is ridiculous money for a guy who is not even the best player on his team. Jayson Tatum would undoubtedly take that honor and there really isn’t an argument against that previous statement. Jaylen Brown is really good but probably not a top 10 player in the league in most people’s eyes. He is more like a top 20 or 25 player in the league most would say.
The playoff struggles of Jaylen Brown have also been highly documented. Brown was a turnover machine in the playoffs. He averaged 3.3 of them in the 2023 NBA Playoffs and 3.6 in the Eastern Conference Finals when the Celtics were eliminated by the Heat. Brown also shot an atrocious 16% from three and averaged just 19 points per game in that series.
If we haven’t knocked Brown enough yet, there is a lot of good that he does. He averaged 23 points and shot 43% in the series before that, scoring 25 in game seven to beat the Philadelphia 76ers. In each of the past three seasons he has averaged 23 or more points per game and upped that to nearly 27 this season.
This contract may just be a sign of what’s to come for the next star looking for an extension.
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