Promising first two years and then completely leveled off and disappears at key moments. That is Jeff Green. So far that is Jaylen Brown. Brown certainly can turn it around, but 4 games into year 3, he is following the Jeff Green path pretty darn well.
Morphing into Jeff Green before our eyes.
Did Green ever average 18 / 5 / .549 eFG% in the playoffs, falling one game short of the Finals? All before age 22?
You know as well as I do that the Thunder did not make the playoffs in either of Green's first 2 seasons in the league.
And we've gone through these comparisons before, but here are their first two seasons per 36 (and they had similar roles and minutes).
13.8 p, 5.9 r, 1.7 a, 0.9 s, 0.5 b, 1.8 t, 3.8 f - 50.7 2PT, 34.1 3PT, 68.5 FT (53.9 TS)
13.4 p, 6.1 r, 1.9 a, 0.7 s, 0.8 b, 2.5 t, 3.2 f - 44.4 2PT, 27.6 3PT, 74.4 FT (49.1 TS)
17.0 p, 5.8 r, 1.9 a, 1.2 s, 0.4 b, 2.1 t, 3.0 f - 50.7 2PT, 39.5 3PT, 64.4 FT (56.2 TS)
16.2 p, 6.5 r, 1.9 a, 1.0 s, 0.4 b, 2.2 t, 2.5 f - 46.3 2PT, 38.9 3PT, 78.8 FT (53.6 TS)
Fairly similar numbers in year 1 and year 2 for both them. Similar jumps in production. Green leveled off completely and never got any better. Brown was about a year younger in each season, so he has that going for him and he has been the better shooter.
I believe Brown will continue to grow because that is what most players do, but Jeff Green did not and he is not the only player that peaked very early in his career. Couple that with their overall first 2 years numbers being similar. And like Green, Brown is being squeezed out for better players that weren't around his first couple of seasons and also is arguably being forced to play out of position to accommodate those better players (Durant forced Green to play PF and Russ, Harden, and Ibaka were all added after Green - similarly Hayward/Tatum are forcing Brown to play SG, who along with Irving were all added after Brown joined the team).