Former Celtics Champion Voices Displeasure for Jaylen Brown’s Snub

Published 01/05/2021, 9:38 AM EST
Dec 23, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) attempts a basket in between Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the second half at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports


Jaylen Brown had probably the best week of his NBA career in the second week of this season. Brown averaged 29.5 points, 2.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 2 steals per game in a fantastic stretch individually. He was scoring at 66.2% from the field and was absolutely sensational.

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However, the NBA decided that Tobias Harris of the Philadelphia 76ers had a better week by virtue of the team being undefeated over the week. Despite his solid performances, Harris really doesn’t have the individual numbers to back up that claim over Brown.

Former Celtic Kendrick Perkins has been going on a rampage on Twitter over this situation.

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He also made an appearance on NBC Sports Boston where he reiterated his point. If that wasn’t enough, KP also tweeted out a clip of his appearance with the same message.

While Harris did have a good week, averaging 23 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 blocks, the numbers do pale in comparison to what Jaylen Brown has done. Brown is a part of a Boston Celtics all-time top-five record now, and that speaks volumes about his achievements this season. Perkins is just showing he isn’t happy about him not being awarded for it.

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The rationale behind Harris being selected over Brown is hard to justify. The numbers that Brown had are clearly better, and his team lost just one game. However, Harris’ team lost no games in this stretch and Harris played consistently every game. But that isn’t to say that Brown’s consistency is in question either.

Dec 15, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) fouls Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Both players had great weeks, and the NBA can judge on their criteria. However, this will come off as an odd decision to most people who look at it plainly.

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But ‘Player of the Week’ awards aren’t a big deal to most players. No one lists them as an accomplishment when a player retires, so this story is just a victim of its circumstances.

Nobody is wrong in bringing up this point, and KP should feel strongly about it. However, this will have little-to-no impact on how the season actually ends up for these players and these teams.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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