Jaylen Brown, the most underrated player in the NBA today?

Author of 41 points last night to give the Celtics the win against the Pelicans, Jaylen Brown once again released the big game. However, the other Jay from Boston does not really get the recognition he deserves in the shadow of Jayson Tatum. Can we say that JB is the most underrated player in the NBA right now?

Underestimated: to give someone, something a value, an importance that is less than what they really have.

The definition of “underrated” is very clear, and it fits Jaylen Brown this season. In 27.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.1 steals with almost 50% shooting success, JB has superstar stats. With a collective record of 30 wins for 12 losses, he nevertheless contributes to the best record in the NBA. With his offensive impact and his ability to defend, he is nevertheless part of the category of two way player strong in the Big League. And by wearing a Celtics jersey, he represents a legendary franchise. In other words, Brown is doing whatever it takes to get the recognition he deserves.

Except he wasn’t.

In various MVP rankings, he rarely enters the Top 10 despite many boxes. And in his first All-Star Game voting comeback, he finished just eighth in the Eastern Conference and fourth among guards behind Kyrie Irving, Donovan Mitchell and James Harden. Another indicator of popularity, the sales of jerseys, where Brown is not even part of the Top 15 NBA if we are to believe the numbers revealed at the end of last season.

“Jaylen is my choice ‘Not appreciated’ Brown of the Boston Celtics.”

– LeBron James, in last year’s All-Star Game Draft

So the question we can ask ourselves is: why?

The main reason is that he evolved in the shadow of Jayson Tatum. The latter is – rightly – one of the big favorites for the MVP title of the 2022-23 season and clearly needs a lot of light. In addition, JT has a game that is more technically accomplished, more fluid, more complete and therefore necessarily more flashy compared to Brown, although the latter can be well demonstrated by dropping big shots. The fact that JB is universally viewed as the lieutenant of an MVP candidate and his basketball may not be as smooth or impressive as other big names in the NBA does not work in his favor.

Jaylen Brown shouldn’t show off either to strut about his individual performance. JB is more the type to show up at work, do what he has to do with the confidence that characterizes him, then go home. Because although individual rewards are good, winning as a team is even better. And if we look at the Celtics today, we have more the impression that we are in front of a collective steamroller than in front of a team that is only carried by the exploits of the duo Tatum – Brown.

All of these factors are a big part of why Jaylen Brown isn’t appreciated the way he should be.

“Jaylen Brown is not appreciated. He is not respected much. We’re talking about a guy who puts up 25 points every night, who puts up baskets, who plays on both sides of the field. What more does he need to do to earn the respect of the whole world, and to be considered a young superstar?”

– Kendrick Perkins, NBA consultant for ESPN

Jaylen Brown Most Underrated NBA Player?

We can clearly argue with this definition when we consider his extremely high current level, the leadership he has already shown within this Boston team, and the development he has shown in various aspects of his game for several seasons now.

recently, a survey was aptly made to some NBA reporters about the most underrated player in the Big League right now. The results? Tyrese Haliburton at 1 with 13% of the votes, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander at 2 with 10%, then Brook Lopez and Domantas Sabonis at 3 to complete the podium with 7%. On the other hand, Jaylen Brown has no trace in the Top 5.

Even there, he was underestimated…

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