During the third quarter of the November 4 matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls, Jaylen Brown posterized Nikola Vucevic off of a dime from Malcolm Brogdon, who had his second-highest scoring game with the Cs by the third quarter.
By quarter’s end, Boston had built up a 93-87 lead. Brown’s monstrous right-hand slam over the Montenegrin pivot put the Celtics up 85-80. What made the slam sweeter was that it came on the man that had just lit up Boston on the boards to the tune of 13 defensive rebounds and 10 on the offensive glass.
Here was the slam from the 2021 NBA All-Star:
JAYLEN BROWN JUST DETONATED 💥 pic.twitter.com/V4fzEFogIB
— NBA (@NBA) November 5, 2022
Malcolm Brogdon should start for the Boston Celtics
As great as Derrick White has fit in with the Boston Celtics since his arrival, Joe Mazzulla should still consider moving him to the second unit in favor of former NBA Rookie of the Year (2017) Malcolm Brogdon.
White was an on-and-off again starter for the San Antonio Spurs during his time in the Alamo City, while Brogdon was a driving force during a mostly productive period of time with the Indiana Pacers, bringing them to the postseason two of the three years he spent in the Circle City.
Brogdon’s peak was far higher than White’s, and while the latter has more experience in green, NBA Finals experience to boot, he hasn’t spent as much time at the top of the sport, and he’s been sorely lacking on the offensive end. He’s not had a double-digit scoring effort since the Cs beat the Orlando Magic in their third outing.
Switching White to the sixth man role can unlock a greater level of offensive efficiency and output. Pairing him with opposing benches would be a way to get him going against lesser units. Boston would do well to elevate Brogdon while potentially doing the same for White.
It’s early enough in the season to get away with some tinkering, and giving Brogdon a chance to shine and potentially make more money in his next deal this coming summer — whether with Boston or not — would be a solid move by Mazzulla from a relationship-building aspect.