‣ Jaylen Brown, All-NBA wing for the Boston Celtics, has been facing criticism from national media following his performance in the 2023 Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat.
‣ After a post on ESPN’s NBA Instagram account highlighted Brown’s lack of assists in recent games, Brown responded by criticizing the account and implying that statistics don’t always accurately represent a player’s performance.
‣ Despite having a career average of no more than 3.5 assists per game, Brown has consistently averaged over 20 points per game and 15 shot attempts per game, showing his inclination towards scoring rather than passing.
Jaylen Brown, the All-NBA wing of the Boston Celtics, has been under the media’s microscope since his not-so-great performance in the 2023 Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat. He’s been on the receiving end of a lot of flak from national media. This time, though, Brown decided he’s had enough. It was time for a clap back.
The incident that got Brown all riled up happened after the Celtics’ loss to the Indiana Pacers. This was during the Knockout Round of the NBA In-Season Tournament. ESPN’s NBA Instagram account decided to take a jab at Brown. The post pointed out that Brown had taken 43 shots in the last two games without a single assist to his name.
Brown wasn’t about to take that lying down. He called out the account, and quick. About an hour after the post went live, Brown shot back with a comment: “Y’all corny[,] watch the game.” This comment has since garnered over 12,453 likes. The post itself? It’s sitting at over 287,000 likes.
So, who’s in the right here? The post implies that Brown’s a chucker, not involving his teammates. Brown’s retort suggests that ESPN’s social media team needs to actually watch the games. Numbers don’t always tell the whole story, after all.
Looking at Brown’s career, he’s never averaged more than 3.5 assists per game. But he’s averaged over 20 points per game and 15 shot attempts per game five times in his career. So, yeah, Brown leans more towards scoring than passing.
But, according to NBA.com tracking data, Brown averages 27.5 passes and 6.5 potential assists per game. Even in the two games where he didn’t record a single assist, he still recorded 25 passes and three potential assists per game. So, he was still passing the ball, even if he didn’t register an assist on the box score.
The truth, as usual, is somewhere in the middle. Brown isn’t a great passer. But he’s not the player that ESPN’s Instagram post would have you believe he is. That’s why it’s best to take Brown’s advice to heart: watch the freaking games!