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2018 NBA Draft Player Profile: Troy Brown Jr.

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Versatile freshman leaves Oregon early to start his NBA career

NCAA Basketball: Oregon at Oregon State Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Described as “Luka Doncic lite”, Brown has the chops to possibly play the one, two or three at the NBA level. Having played mostly point guard in high school, he transitioned well into the wing for Oregon while maintaining his playmaking chops. NBA.com compares him to Tyreke Evans and Evan Turner - both apt comparisons given their versatility and their shooting woes. As one of the youngest prospects of this year’s draft (turns 19 at the end of July), Brown has plenty of room to grow into as a basketball prospect. He’s currently projected as a mid-late pick, between 12 (The Ringer) to the 29th (Bleacher Report), with most picking around the 21st pick (!!).

2017-18 College Stats:

  • Per game: 31.2 minutes, 11.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.2 blocks.
  • Per 40 minutes: 14.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.3 blocks.
  • Percentages: 52.4 2PT%, 29.1 3PT%, 74.3 FT%
  • Advanced: 105.7 ORtg, 102.4 DRtg, 16.6 PER, 53.2 TS%, 3.1 win shares, Box Plus Minus.

(Statistics per www.sports-reference.com)

Measurements

  • Age: 18 years
  • Height: 6’7” (with shoes), 6’6” (without shoes)
  • Weight: 208 lbs
  • Wingspan: 6’10”
  • Standing Reach: 8’9”

(Measurements per stats.nba.com)

Strengths

Versatility, versatility, versatility. Seeing what the Boston Celtics are doing to the Eastern Conference with young players like Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum only emphasizes the need for versatile wings with good size and a good feel for the game. He is excellent playing both on and off-ball, willing to bully smaller players down low and when driving towards the hoop. He is a good team defender and was able to handle guarding nearly any position in the college game. His highlight reel fully displays that vaunted versatility (Warning: questionable rap song with similarly questionable lyrics).

Weaknesses

The biggest question surrounding Brown is his jumpshot - just 29 percent from 3-point distance in college. The Ringer characterizes these weaknesses as “[an] unorthodox jump shot with a catapult release, and inconsistent footwork leads to poor results off the catch-and-dribble.” Despite his athleticism (participated in the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Slam Dunk Contest), he doesn’t have the best speed, and had a harder time against speedy college guards. To maximize his potential, he will need to become more consistent with his body and shooting mechanics.

Utah Jazz Fit

I personally think Troy Brown would be a fantastic player for the Jazz. Not only is he young, he says all the right things and makes the right plays, and could find ways to contribute from day one. While he doesn’t fit the Jazz’s pretty urgent need at the 4, his versatility and intangibles are a perfect fit and he would develop great under the tutelage of Joe Ingles and Ricky Rubio. He seems to have a great personality - see his answer to his self-imposed question at 3:06 of this interview:

Troy Brown is generally slotted to go just around where the Jazz pick at 21 - but I think his great potential will lead to his stock climbing in the month leading up to the draft. Look to Dennis Lindsey to target Troy Brown Jr. in the upcoming 2018 draft if he’s still available.

Additional sources / sources of reading: Oregon Live, NBA.com, ReviewJournal