Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown doesn’t want to wait to contribute: ‘I’m using Summer League to prove a point’

By just about any rookie standards, Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown had a highly successful 2016-17 season. 

Brown quickly proved himself valuable to Brad Stevens and the Celtics, demonstrating an athletic physical profile that made him a versatile defensive weapon. His shot developed throughout the season, finishing 34.1 percent from behind the arc as opposed to 29 percent behind the shorter college line in his one season at California. He played meaningful playoff minutes for a team that made the Eastern Conference Finals. 

But Brown wants considerably more, and after the Celtics completed a deal that sent Avery Bradley to the Detroit Pistons, he might have a bigger opportunity.

He sure sounds ready.

“I’m using Summer League to get better, I’m using Summer League to prove a point,” Brown told CSNNE’s Abby Chin on Thursday

What point, exactly? Brown hesitated for a second and appeared to choose his words carefully.

“That I want to be someone who can add and contribute, and be a play maker on this team right away,” he said. “I don’t want to wait two, three, four years down the line. I think I’m ready now, and I’m going to continue to get better to show that I’m better now.”

The implication here seems to be that Brown wants more than the 17.2 minutes per game he received last season, and it’s certainly possible he gets them.

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