bucknersrevenge wrote:I'll tell you what. Tatum may have more natural talent than Brown and a higher upside but Brown is way more mature both mentally and physically than him. He's a hard worker and I think Jaylen has a better chance of reaching his real ceiling (whatever that may be) as a player than Tatum will. When he got drafted he set a goal of becoming VP of the NBA Player's Association and he accomplished that. I really would like to see him be a Celtic for a long time.
I don't actually think Tatum has more "natural talent". What Tatum has on Brown is that he is way ahead on the development curve due to being raised by a bball coaching father and having trained with actual NBA players multiple times while growing up.
As far as "natural talent" I think the only thing special about him physically is his longer than average arms. He isn't super fast or quick put there. He is not only not strong, he is way underweight for his height and position. He can jump high enough, but he isn't "special" there either.
Brown is one of the fastest guys on the floor in terms of covering ground and he can jump really high really fast. Defensively this lets him guard more floor space than most guys, and offensively it makes him a great fast break outlet. But he is really really raw even after his 3rd season.
To me this means Brown has way more room to grow as a player because he has some special physical tools, it's a question of if he will fully develop his game and how long it will take him to do that. Tatum will likely see incremental gains in his game, but never take a huge Siakim style leap from 1 year to the next and unless he can bulk up to at least 225lbs if not 235lbs he will have some things he will just never be able to do out there.