- Jaylen Brown is having his best start ever at 27.3 points, and 3.5 assists per game.
- Last Sunday, Brown set the NBA record for most points scored in less than 20 minutes with 33 against the Cavaliers.
- The Celtics have the 5th best odds to win the 2021 NBA title at +1500.
2021 has to be Jaylen Brown’s breakout year.
Brown was the Celtics’ 3rd overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft behind Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram. Simmons earned his first All-Star nod in 2019 and made the All-Star team again last year. Ingram was the NBA’s 2020 Most Improved Player awardee and he also became a first-time All-Star last season.
It’s unsure whether there will be an All-Star game this season but if there will be one, Jaylen Brown is a cinch to make the team. The 24-year old is averaging 27.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game this season and since the Celtics returned to play after seeing three straight games postponed due to COVID-19, Brown has been on fire, averaging 28.83 points per game.
33 Points in 19 Minutes
Jaylen Brown scores the MOST POINTS in under 20 minutes played during the shot clock era (1954-55)!
— NBA (@NBA) January 25, 2021
The former University of California standout entered the NBA record books on Sunday as he scored 33 points in 19 minutes, setting an NBA record for most points scored in under 20 minutes during the shot clock era.
Brown’s historic exploits helped the Celtics snap a three-game losing streak as they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 141-103. Prior to that game, the Celtics were just 1-3 since returning from their COVID-19 layoff. Brown tied a career-high with 42 points on January 22 but the Celtics lost their third straight game with a 122-110 defeat against the Sixers. Up until January 9th, Boston had one of the league’s best starts at 7-3 before they were forced out of action for a week with multiple positive COVID-19 tests.
He continued his breakout year by leading Boston to a 119-103 road win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. Brown’s 26 points were the most on the Celtics and he set a personal high with his fifth straight game with at least 25 points. With the way he’s playing, Brown could be headed to his first All-Star selection.
Celtics 2021 Odds
— NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) October 16, 2020
The Celtics opened the season with the 6th best odds to win the 2021 NBA title at +1200 and after one month played in the NBA’s 2020-21 season, Boston is currently 5th in the latest odds boards, at +1500 via Bet365 and +1600 at Bovada. Oddsmakers also place Boston third in the Eastern Conference oddsboard at +550 behind only the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks.
Looking at the early standings, Boston has the second best record in the East at 10-6 with only the Philadelphia 76ers having a better record than them at 12-6 in the young season. With their win against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, the Celtics have now won back to back games after dropping a season high three straight outings. And with Jayson Tatum returning from COVID-19 protocols, Boston looks like they are back on track as Eastern Conference contenders once again.
Boston had made the Eastern Conference Finals in three out of the last four seasons but they have not won more than two games in any of those three series. During the 2019-20 season, the Celtics lost 4-2 to the 5th seeded Miami Heat in the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals. But with Jaylen Brown ready to join Jayston Tatum as an All-Star this season, the Celtics look to finally get over that hump.