Jaylen Brown didn't make the All-Star team this year, and you likely won't find him on a 2020 All-NBA squad.
But if you ask Kendrick Perkins, the voters should re-evaluate their choices.
After Brown dropped 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting and played impressive defense against Raptors star Pascal Siakam in the Boston Celtics' 122-100 dismantling of Toronto on Friday night, Perkins went on NBC Sports Boston's "Celtics Postgame Live" to drop a spicy take.
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"Jaylen Brown, to me, is the best all-around shooting guard in the league," Perkins said. "Pure point blank."
Brown is enjoying a career season, averaging 20.6 points on 48.8 percent shooting with 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while continuing to play elite defense. The 23-year-old has been particularly hot of late, scoring 20 or more points in nine of Boston's last 10 games.
Here's Perk's explanation:
He don't search for shots. He's not a high-volume scorer. But when you look up at the end of the night, he's got his 20 points on over 50 percent shooting. And he locks up the best guy every single night. You can't find that. And his playmaking is underrated. He's got a very high (basketball) IQ.
There are better scorers at the position -- including Harden, the NBA's most prolific scorer -- but you could argue Brown has become one of the league's strongest two-way shooting guards.
And Perkins very much would like to make that argument.
Jalen Brown is locking up Siakam and giving out Buckets on the other end...one of the Best All Around SG in the league!!! Carry on... https://t.co/xujnIqLaAk— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) August 8, 2020
Jalen Brown should have been an All-Star this year. Straight Up... https://t.co/VYWK7unajR— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) August 8, 2020
Perkins might take heat for declaring Brown the cream of the shooting guard crop, but his bold take shouldn't distract from the fact that the fourth-year wing is becoming an elite NBA player before our eyes.
Is Jaylen Brown the NBA's best shooting guard? Kendrick Perkins makes case originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston