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Ranked by ESPN analysts Bobby Marks, Kevin Pelton and Mike Schmitz, the trio did their best to assess all the young talent in the league right now, with the composite list they created reflecting their own personal assessments (also available at the bottom of the article for the curious). We do have some minor quibbles — and wonder whether rising big man Robert Williams ought to have a spot on this list as well.
But overall, it’s a solid assessment of where the Celtics’ two star wings sit in relation to the rest of the young talent in the NBA.
— The Celtics Wire (@TheCelticsWire) April 6, 2021
No. 12 - Jaylen Brown
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Just ahead of the Denver Nuggets' Jamal Murray and just behind the New Orleans Pelicans' Brandon Ingram, we're okay with this assessment for the Georgia native. "Named to his first All-Star Game in March, Brown is averaging career highs in minutes (33.9), points (24.5), field goal percentage (48.4%), assists (3.6), steals (1.3) and free throw efficiency (75.6%)," shares Marks. "Brown is in the first year of a four-year, $107 million rookie extension and will earn a $1.3 million bonus for his All-Star selection if he appears in at least 58 games this season."
No. 5 - Jayson Tatum
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Ranked just ahead of De'Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings and just behind Donovan Mitchell, we think Tatum has been slighted a bit with Mitchell -- as good as he is -- ahead of the Duke product. But it's an academic debate at these heights, and one Boston fans should be happy to have a player in. "Exhibit A in the ironclad case that player development is not as linear as we'd like to think, Tatum hasn't taken nearly the step back this season that the Celtics' slide in the standings would suggest," confusingly proposes Pelton. "He has increased his usage rate to a career-high 30% of Boston's plays without losing much in terms of efficiency and is handing out a career-high 4.3 assists per 36 minutes ... Tatum is a year and a half younger than Mitchell, who was also part of the loaded 2017 draft that produced four of the top nine players on this list." This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook! [lawrence-related id=48693,48689,48664,48662] [listicle id=48688]