June 15, 2016, 8:44 am
On Tuesday afternoon, Jaylen Brown made a distinct impression in Philadelphia according to NBA.com and the Bucks County Courier. Working out in front of Sixers’ front office personal the 6’7”, 229-pound small forward helped cement his status as a top-10 (and potentially top-5) pick.
In his one year at the University of California, Brown primarily impacted the game through his athleticism and defensive prowess. He’s an excellent slasher and finisher, and showed a relentless motor throughout the NCAA season. The one question mark about his game coming into the NBA was his outside shooting. Brown averaged 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds, but shot just 29 percent from 3-point range.
Yesterday Brown seemed determined to change that narrative. He has reportedly been working with a trainer since the college season ended, and focused almost exclusively on improving his shot.
“Early on in the workout, he almost accentuated his arc on his shot,” noted Sixers’ Vice President of Player Personnel Eversley. “Since he’s left Cal, and gotten with his trainer, I think he’s really worked on extending the ball with a higher trajectory, giving it a greater chance to go into the bucket. I think he’s really worked hard on his shooting stroke, his mechanics, and especially his trajectory.”
While the Sixers’ obviously won’t be taking Brown with the number one overall pick, there are rumblings that they could look to move back into the early part of the lottery to acquire him.
Tom Moore noted in the Bucks County Courier: “While Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo has liked long, athletic wings in the past, it seems more likely the California small forward could be a consideration if the team acquires another selection in the 3-to-10 range.”
Given the number of teams already considering draft day moves, most notably the Celtics and Timberwolves offering their picks in packages for stars, the possibility of a team moving up for Brown doesn’t seem too far fetched.