Suns Draft Profile: Jaylen Brown
Jaylen Brown is a talented, but very raw prospect coming out of the University of California. Despite his rawness, Brown is projected as a Top 10 pick in nearly every mock draft I found while scouring numerous draft boards. The upside is evident with his NBA-ready body and great athleticism, which will give him a head start in his development as a professional basketball player.
Brown’s athleticism has to be his #1 asset at this point of his career. He is very explosive while attacking the bucket, and uses his athleticism to help himself out on the defensive end of the floor. This also factors into his ability to rebound the basketball, where he can outleap opponents as well as use his long wingspan (6’11.75”) to tip out rebounds, or just grab them himself. Brown’s 5.4 rebounds per game doesn’t really stick out on the stat sheet, but he is definitely an able rebounder for a small forward.
While attacking the bucket Brown shows the ability to throw down some impressive dunks, but also shows nice touch around the rim on his lay-ups and shots in the paint. He is an able ball-handler which allows him to get to the rim, where he does most of his damage. This all bodes well for him in a fast-paced, transition-happy league which the NBA seems to be becoming.
Brown could turn out to be an excellent defender in the NBA, with time. His 0.6 blocks and 0.8 steals aren’t anything to write home about, but with his size, length, and athleticism, expect to see some big improvement as his career progresses.
I mentioned earlier that Brown was raw, and a lot of these weaknesses will probably diminish after a season in the NBA. Brown is a pretty shaky shooter from the perimeter, shooting only 29.4% from downtown, and also struggled from the free throw line (65.4%) last year at Cal. But as Suns fans, we can take a look at T.J. Warren and expect Brown to improve his shot as Warren did over the past couple seasons.
Brown has trouble being consistent on the court, where his decision making and selfishness play a role. Brown, in some situations, looks like a fullback plowing into the line while attacking the rim. With the lack of a consistent outside shot, defenders can assume that Brown will attempt to penetrate, which will get him bottled up at times. In situations like this, Brown would be much better off picking up his dribble and trying to make a pass, rather than forcing a contested shot.
How Does He Fit?
I think Brown would flourish on this Phoenix Suns team. His size, length, and athleticism are things that Suns fans have been missing since the departure of Gerald Green. Brown’s ability to run the fast break and finish with some pretty exciting dunks would do wonders for this Suns team (and us fans).
With the future of P.J. Tucker being a question mark moving forward, Brown would be a great option to have coming off the bench at the 2 or 3 spot on this roster. On the current Suns roster, 6’1” Eric Bledsoe is absolutely the best athlete on the team, and Brown’s 6’7” 223 pound body would be impactful on both ends of the court.
What do you think? Would Jaylen Brown be a good fit for the Suns with the #4 pick?