Despite Career Year, Jaylen Brown Left Off All-NBA Teams

May 21, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) reacts after his game-tying three vs. the Indiana Pacers.
May 21, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) reacts after his game-tying three vs. the Indiana Pacers. / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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Last season, Jaylen Brown earned a spot on the All-NBA Second Team. That paved the way for him to sign the most lucrative contract in NBA history.

After again raising the bar and inking a veteran supermax extension, the Marietta, Georgia native responded by returning as a better player than when the previous campaign ended, a tradition maintained throughout his career.

Brown's evolution this season has featured significant growth as a facilitator and as a defender, thriving while taking on challenges like guarding Stephen Curry.

In the regular season, the three-time All-Star averaged 23 points, 5.5 rebounds, a career-high 3.6 assists, and 1.2 steals, matching his personal best.

However, that production and the growth of his game did not earn him a second straight All-NBA selection. The former California Golden Bear finished 20 points shy of Devin Booker for the final spot on this year's All-NBA Third Team.

Brown could've earned up to $2.2 million in contractual bonus money had he made an All-NBA team this season.

Despite not receiving recognition for it from voters, he played All-NBA caliber basketball, including on defense. He can take pride in that while knowing a Celtics season defined by sacrifice is now seven wins from lifting the Larry O'Brien Trophy, thanks in large part to his heroics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Further Reading

Joe Mazzulla Addresses if Celtics Will Use Jayson Tatum at Center vs. Pacers

Jrue Holiday Starts Eastern Conference Finals with Best Game as a Celtic

Jaylen Brown's Heroics Propel Celtics to 1-0 Lead in Conference Finals

Aaron Nesmith Left Lasting Impression with Celtics Before Finding a Home with Pacers

Trivializing Celtics' Success in Tatum-Brown Era a Take Not Measured Properly: 'Doing

Past Hardships Brought Out Best in Al Horford in Career Night: 'You Saw His Gift'

Jayson Tatum Breaks Out of Scoring Slump That Never Defined Him: 'Underappreciated'

Kristaps Porzingis Discusses Target Date to Rejoin Celtics' Playoff Run: 'Doing Everything I Can'

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Bobby Krivitsky


Bobby Krivitsky's experiences include covering the NBA as a credentialed reporter for Basketball Insiders. He's also a national sports talk host for SportsMap Radio, a network airing on 96 radio stations throughout the country. Additionally, he was a major-market host, update anchor, and producer for IMG Audio, and he worked for Bleacher Report as an NFL and NBA columnist.