Jaylen Brown has become a star in this league.
The season started with us wondering how the Celtics were going to use Brown as a trade chip to fill out Jayson Tatum's dynamic duo. Then the shooting guard started easing him into the conversations involving the other Celtic go-to guy.
Now? He's on his own. As we sit here, Brown should firmly be talked about as the most valuable player on the Celtic roster.
The ultimate support of this theory came Sunday night when he turned in a historic performance in the Celtics' 141-103 blowout win of Cleveland. Brown became the first player in NBA history score more than 30 points in so few minutes. In this case, the final total was 33 points in 19 minutes and 14 seconds.
The performance bested Kevin Durant's 2014 effort in which he netted 30 points in 19 minutes.
Brown now has seven straight 20-point games, having managed to total that number of points in 13 of his last 15 contests. In the last five games he has averaged 29.4 points per game while shooting better than 51 percent from the floor.
"He's been amazing scoring the ball. He really has,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after his team snapped its three-game losing streak. “It looked like there that we'd be missing all those guys for a few games, but he came back off of the health and safety protocol week and has been really, really good. Just a guy that we can go to every which way and sometimes the action can be defended well, and he can still make a play and get a basket. He's just constantly improved and he has never lost his aggressiveness.”
Brown sits as the sixth-leading scorer in the NBA, averaging 27.3 points per game. The only players sitting in front of him are Bradley Beal, Durant, Damian Lillard, Steph Curry and Joel Embiid, with Embiid the only one carrying a better shooting percentage than Brown's 53.2 percent.