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StatMuseVerified account@statmuseJaylen Brown has 23.0 PPG through two games this series. The record for highest PPG in a full conference finals series by a player younger than 22-years-old is Kobe Bryant's 20.4 PPG in 2000.
Brown's absolute ceiling is what Kawhi Leonard is now. But I agree with you. I wouldn't trade Brown + salary for Leonard straight up right now, because:1) I'm not sure about Leonard's injury.2) I"m not sure where Leonard's head is at after this weird year in San Antonio.3) Brown is on a rookie salary for two more years, after which he can only be paid up to 25% of the cap (Leonard would be 35%).4) Brown can defend speedy guards. He's perfect for what the Celtics want to do defensively. Leonard is a superb defender, but if you replace Brown with Leonard alongside Kyrie, Hayward, Tatum, and Horford then you've really got no SG and might struggle against the quicker backcourts in the league.I really like Brown. Dude works his tail off and his learning curve is super steep.
That's amazing considering I originally thought his ceiling was Jimmy Butler, but dare I say he already looks better than Jimmy Butler (or at least, at his level now with his two-way play and impact)
The only thing that would stop me from making a trade for Kawhi would be that his injury is degenerative and it will effect his play and availability long term.Now I would be willing to give up Tatum rather than Brown, salary filler(like maybe a S&T Smart) and any picks they want other than Sactown.
Kawhi is an overrated player. Without Duncan he doesnít win a ring