Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics recently received a five-year contract extension worth little more than $300 million.
Some are questioning the appropriateness of that extension, given that he is a very good but not top player.
Brown set career highs in scoring, rebounding, and shooting accuracy this season, but he still had one major flaw in his game.
According to The Athletic (via NBACentral), he committed 66 turnovers in 20 games throughout the playoffs, with a significant majority of them occurring while he dribbled with his left hand.
Jaylen Brown had 66 turnovers in the 2023 playoffs
His left-hand dribble resulted in 25 of them
NBACentral (@TheDunkCentral) August 3, 2023
It is widely accepted that basketball players must be able to handle the ball and shoot layups with their off hand in order to make it in the NBA, however several standouts in the league have yet to achieve this feat.
Brown has been named to the All-Star Game in two of the last three seasons and was also named to the All-NBA Second Team last season, and there was suspicion that he had one foot out the door until he earned his extension.
He was set to become a free agent next summer, and several speculated that he would leave Boston at that time.
Instead, he and fellow actor Jayson Tatum will be donning green for the foreseeable future.
The Celtics’ objective now is to climb over the hump and return to their former grandeur.
They were defeated in the 2022 NBA Finals by the Golden State Warriors, and they were humiliated at home in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals a few months ago, and they will have a new-look group this season centered on Brown and Tatum.