June 21, 2024

Jaylen Brown Named MVP of Eastern Conference Finals

Celtics wing Jaylen Brown has been honored as the Most Valuable Player of the Eastern Conference Finals, winning the Larry Bird trophy for 2024, the NBA announced.

Brown narrowly edged out teammate Jayson Tatum, who received four of nine votes from media members following Boston’s decisive 4-0 sweep over the Pacers. Brown secured the remaining five votes, clinching the award.

“I wasn’t expecting that at all,” Brown said of the award, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic. “I don’t ever win s–t. I was just happy we won.”

Brown was a consistent force throughout the series, scoring at least 24 points in all four games. His standout performances included a 40-point game in Game 2 and a 29-point showing in Monday’s series-clinching victory. Over the series, Brown averaged 29.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.0 steals in 40.9 minutes per game. He shot 51.7% from the field and 37.0% from three-point range.

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“He was unreal this whole series, a complete player on both sides of the ball that you don’t really see much these days,” said teammate Derrick White, as reported by Vardon.

The NBA introduced MVP awards for the conference finals three years ago, naming the trophies after Bird in the East and Magic Johnson in the West. Tatum was the first player to win the Eastern Conference Finals MVP in 2022, while Heat star Jimmy Butler received the honor last year.

Brown’s exceptional performance and leadership were pivotal in the Celtics’ sweep of the Pacers, and his recognition as MVP underscores his critical role in Boston’s playoff success. As the Celtics advance, Brown’s contributions will continue to be vital for their championship aspirations.

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