Jaylen Brown ready for increased role with Celtics – Sports – The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA

After averaging 17 minutes as a rookie, the forward figures to be on the court more this season.

 His introduction to the NBA last season came on a team that reached the Eastern Conference finals after winning 53 games.

Jaylen Brown may not have been a contender for the rookie of the year award, but at the age of 20, the Celtics’ forward was able to make a contribution to a successful team.

 “I think I’ve grown a lot,’’ said Brown. “I know I’ve grown a lot, just understanding what I need to do, just being part of winning. I learned how to prepare to win and be consistent.

 “A lot of guys don’t figure that out at a young age, but I think I know what it takes to win. I think I know how to prepare for winning and I’ve seen the game played the right way for a numerous amount of nights.’’

 The third pick in the 2016 NBA Draft averaged 17.2 minutes during his first season with the Celtics, showing improvement with each passing month.

 He only averaged 6.6 points and 2.8 rebounds, but Brown showed the potential to be a key cog for a lot of years to come.

 Brown’s playing time figures to drastically increase this season and he could be in line for a spot in the starting lineup.

 During the offseason, Brown put in a lot of work, taking part in both summer leagues with the Celtics and traveling to South Africa to play in the NBA Africa Game.

 “I was just trying to get better in every facet, just working and working some more and trying to be the best basketball player, best student, best son, friend, etc.,’’ said Brown, whose team concluded three days of training camp at Salve Regina University on Thursday.

 “I’m super excited. It’s a new opportunity for me. It’s a clean slate. I’m super ready to work with my teammates and start putting the pieces together.’’

 Brown, who turns 21 on Oct. 24, will be relied upon for more defense this season now that Jae…

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