Team No. 1) San Antonio Spurs
It has been 22 straight years in which the San Antonio Spurs have reached the NBA’s postseason. 11 of those years, they have appeared in the Western Conference Finals. Six of those years, they’ve gone to the NBA Finals. Five of those years, they’ve won it all.
In short, the Spurs franchise during the past two decades has been synonymous with one word: success.
With this in mind, it’s no wonder we believe a guy like Jaylen Brown could flourish in such an environment.
A tough-nosed, all-out effort, two-way wing is the archetype of player in which Gregg Popovich has grown accustomed to coaching over the better part of the past 10 years, finding ample success in helping develop Kawhi Leonard into a superstar — now, of course, with the Los Angeles Clippers — and, to a lesser-known extent, helping hone DeMar DeRozan’s all-around game as well.
Frankly, the pairing of the Boston Celtics wing with San Antonio would, in theory, be great for both parties. Brown’s skillset and attributes — great defender, competent shot creator, efficient long-range shooter, quick, athletic — would be a welcoming sight to see for the Spurs, as they are in serious need of adding long-range (29th in 3-point attempts per game) & fast-break (17th in transition possessions) firepower and, surprisingly, anything positive on defense — they rank 22nd or worse in opponent field-goal percentage, opponent three-point percentage, turnovers forced per 100 possessions, and steals per 100 possessions.
Brown would easily be tabbed as the leader of his own squad with the Spurs & be under the tutelage of the great Gregg Popovich, while his specific talents fit the bill for exactly what the team has been lacking throughout this current season and, on the plus, could very easily give Pop a major reason to stay on with the franchise for another run at glory.