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Celtics’ Jaylen Brown Said He’s ‘Playing the Best Basketball’ of His Life and Fans Trolled So Hard

Jaylen Brown is feeling good through the early stages of the 2023-24 NBA season. And the latest comments from the Celtics guard made that abundantly clear while also putting a target squarely on his back for the many NBA fans who love to troll.

“I feel like on both sides of the ball,” Brown told The Athletic on Wednesday after practice, “I’m playing the best basketball of my life.”

Whenever a player makes a statement like this, the next move for fans is to search for the player’s year-over-year stats. This probably should have been a factor in how Brown approached the quote, considering he’s averaging fewer points (26.2 vs. 22.2), rebounds (6.9 vs. 5.2) and assists (3.5 to 3.2) this season compared to last year.

But to make matters worse, Brown’s field goal percentage checks in at 45.9%, only a half percent higher than the lowest mark of his career—his 2016-17 rookie season. While Brown also ranks No. 142 in the NBA in defensive rating, he has managed to check in at No. 13 in defensive win shares this season.

But the offensive numbers did the damage, and fans came out fast at Brown following his comments.

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