Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown are both going to be key contributors to the Boston Celtics this season. Since Brown’s rookie season, he has had a unique way of improving his overall game.
With the additions of Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter, the Boston Celtics are poised to make a deep playoff run. The Celtics have a lot of key contributing players who know they’re role and are ready to make an impact at any time in the game. Jaylen Brown has improved his overall game every season since being drafted by the Celtics in 2016. Let’s see what Jaylen Brown does to improve his game every year.
Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart have been teammates for four years now. Both Brown and Smart were drafted by the Celtics in the first round (Smart in 2014, Brown in 2016). Playing in many games together for the Boston Celtics, Brown and Smart have become great friends both on and off the court. The two teammates just spent the summer together playing in the 2019 FIBA World Cup for Team USA. Both Smart and Brown are a necessity for this Celtics team.
Marcus Smart is arguably the best defender in the NBA and there’s no doubt about it. Throughout his career, we have seen Smart get under the skin of some of the best players the NBA has to offer (James Harden). Last season, Smart was named to his first All NBA Defensive Team for the 2018-2019 seasons. Even all of Smart’s teammates know that he is hands down the best defender in the NBA. No one uses it to their advantage more than Jaylen Brown.
Jaylen Brown told Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston that he uses Marcus Smart to improve on his own game. Sometimes before and after practice, Brown and Smart will play 1-on-1 with each other. Since Smart is the best defender in the NBA, Brown values playing against a competitive Marcus Smart. It’s not always easy to get Smart to that competitive and fiery level in practice that we see in games; but Jaylen knows how to get him going:
“Ever since I’ve been here, since my rookie year, I’ve been trying to take advantage of playing Marcus 1-on1 and baiting him into playing. I’ve been talking trash so that he’ll be motivated to play me and I can work on my game. Marcus is probably one of the best defenders in the league.”
“Motivated Marcus is tough to score against. But you have to talk a little bit of trash to get him going. If you don’t, he might just bull–, or throw up some bull–. He’ll laugh and joke but as soon as you start talking trash to him, he’ll be looking to bust your ass. He’ll be super engaged pretty quickly.”
“Ever since I've been here, since my rookie year, I've been trying to take advantage of playing Marcus 1-on-1 and baiting him into playing me. I’ve been talking trash so that he'll be motivated to play me and I can work on my game."
— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) October 15, 2019
It seems odd to purposely get Marcus Smart aggravated; as it’s relatively hard for him to calm down afterwards. But it seems like Jaylen Brown has everything under control in that aspect. In sports, sometimes the only way to improve is to go up against the very best; Jaylen understands that Marcus is in fact the best.
Working with Smart will add another competitive advantage to Jaylen’s arsenal, which will be important when it becomes time to talk contracts. If Jaylen can keep up on sharpening his craft with Marcus Smart, it would give the Boston Celtics yet another advantage for the season moving forward.
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