Malcolm Brogdon knows what it’s like to suffer through a miserable NBA season. The six-year vet withstood two straight losing campaigns with the Pacers prior to arriving in Boston.
Suffice to say, he’s thankful for where he’s playing now, and wants his younger teammates to know they’re fortunate to be in this spot.
Following the Celtics’ 140-105 blowout win over the Hornets Monday, Brogdon spoke with reporters and revealed an important message he often shares in the locker room: don’t take winning for granted.
"It’s honestly a very common conversation I have with guys, just about appreciating where they are. Marcus, Jayson, Jaylen, Grant, these guys haven’t seen other teams,” he said, via The Athletic's Jay King. “So they don’t know how other organizations, other teams, how everything works in other places.”
That’s true. While there’s been frustration around these parts over the Celtics’ recent postseason shortcomings, they’re on the doorstep of a championship. The Celtics have played in four of the last six Eastern Conference Finals and were two wins away from besting the Warriors in the NBA Finals last season.
Marcus Smart, who was drafted in 2014, has made the playoffs every year of his career. The same goes for Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
“For me and Blake [Griffin], we’ve been in situations where a team is not winning, where the team is really struggling and there’s chaos,” said Brogdon. “So definitely I try to encourage the guys to be appreciative of what they have here.”
The appreciation goes both ways. Brogdon, who’s averaging 14 points per game, has provided the Celtics with some needed veteran scoring punch.
Brogdon’s advice is as useful as his jump shot.