Jaylen Brown - career high in points against Hawks

Jaylen Brown's
NBA career is accelerating like a rocket. The Boston Celtics just reeled off their 15th win in a row against the Atlanta Hawks, and Jaylen scored a career-high 27 points on 10-of-13 from the field and four-of-six from on threes. And he is accomplishing this while mourning the death of his childhood best friend, Trevin Steede.

Barring any type of unexpected setback, this kid is heading for stardom. I know Tommy Heisohn gets carried away as a true homer, but here is what he had to say about Jaylen after the Hawks game (via WEEI's Rob Bradford):

After the Celtics' 15th win in a row, Tommy Heinsohn was being Tommy Heinsohn.

"This guy is going to be a superstar," said the NBC Sports Boston analyst following the C's 110-99 win over the Hawks Saturday night. (For a complete recap, click here.)

Tommy and hyperbole usually have a pretty strong partnership in most situations, but this time he might simply be stating the obvious. Jaylen Brown is sure starting to look like the kind of elite player that is continuing to add even more optimism to the most optimistic team in the NBA.

After 17 games, Brown is averaging 15.8 PPG and 6.6 RPG, very similar to Avery Bradley's numbers from last season. Jaylen is shooting .457 from the field and .395 from the arc. And he fits Brad Stevens' shifting defense like a glove, being able to guard anyone.

It needs to be stated that the death of Trevin Steede, and the manner in which it occurred, carries a heavy burden on those who were close to him, including Jaylen. There was something intrinsically good about a high school kid (Trevin) who extended a hand of friendship to an introverted new kid in school (Jaylen). That goodness in a childhood friend is part of the reason Jaylen has reached this level of success. Your best friends are those you have as a kid, particularly if they remain friends into adulthood, and their impact is felt throughout your life.

Jaylen brown is heading to superstardom, and the Celtics could very be involved in another Rolling Rally in the very near future. Trevin Steede is part of Jaylen Brown and thus will be part of any such rally. Friendships just don't die in the cessation of a heartbeat.

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