While there may be some similarities between Tony Snell and Jaylen Brown‘s skill-sets, they’ll be asked to fill very different roles when the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics square off in the playoffs.
When the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics tip off their first round playoff series on Sunday, the two shooting guards on the court will find themselves matched up against a player in a vastly different situation, but with somewhat similar strengths.
For the Boston Celtics, Jaylen Brown will be one of the focal points of his team. Since Kyrie Irving went down with a season-ending knee problem, Brown has had the second highest usage rate on his team, only just behind backup center Greg Monroe.
With the way the sophomore guard has improved on his game since his rookie year, it’s easy to see why, with Kyrie out, coach Brad Stevens feels comfortable putting the ball in Brown’s hands more frequently.
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On the other side of the court, in spite of sharing some similar elements to Brown’s game, it’s unlikely that the ball will spend any real time in Tony Snell’s hands.
While Brown has been increasingly asked to take on a more dominant role, Snell’s has always been asked to produce from the background. The Bucks rely upon Snell to produce when his number is called, but only in those instances.
Rather than being tasked with creating, Snell’s focus will be to knock down open shots and defend attentively throughout his minutes on the floor.
With all of that in mind, let’s take a closer look at how the two players compare and how the questions asked of them will be very different throughout the series.