Danny Ainge has raved for months about Jaylen Brown’s athleticism after selecting him with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. It did not take long during the rookie’s preseason debut with the Celtics to see what Ainge was talking about.
The 6-foot-7 small forward took flight in the fourth quarter of Boston’s 92-89 defeat against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night, juking a defender off his feet with a shot fake before attacking the rim with a tomahawk slam.
Brown almost threw down another highlight-reel jam in the first half, but was denied by Sixers rookie Joel Embiid at the rim.
Brown’s fourth quarter finishes capped an encouraging performance from the 19-year-old in his Celtic debut, as he filled up the box score with eight points, four rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes. The swingman will get a chance to build on that output when the Celtics visit the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night.