Troy Brown, PG/SG, Oregon:
- D.O.B- 28th July 1999, age 18
- Height- 6’6.75″
- Weight- 208 pounds
- Wingspan- 6’10.25″
Oregon freshman Troy Brown comes into the 2018 NBA Draft as a likely mid 1st round prospect. Brown doesn’t turn 19 until July 28th, meaning he will enter as one of the younger players in the class. The basic measurements stack up well for a fit with the Bucks, and for an indication of the length he possesses, he gives up two inches in height to Khris Middleton, whilst recording wingspan just a quarter of an inch shorter. It’s unclear at this point just which position will be best suited to Brown at the next level, but on the surface he projects to be a nice two way prospect with huge potential to tap into.
In 35 games for the Ducks, Brown averaged 11.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game in 31.2 minutes per contest. He led Oregon in rebounds and steals per game, whilst ranking second in assists and fourth in scoring for a squad that finished the college basketball season with a 23-13 record.
With the Bucks holding the 17th pick in the draft, lets take a look at Brown’s strengths, weaknesses and possible fit with Milwaukee with the big night less than one month away.
I mentioned earlier about the question marks on Brown’s definitive position in the pros, but with the way the modern game is trending in terms of being able to play and guard multiple positions, his size and strength for his age loom as major assets coming into the draft. When interviewed by an ESPN panel at the draft combine, Brown pointed to his versatility as an absolute strength of his game.
“I feel like the new wave of basketball requires tall guards and being able to play multiple positions, and guard multiple positions,” Brown said. “I feel like I can bring that right away, especially being a two way player and then being able to create for teammates, play the one sometimes and facilitate.”
Whilst he doesn’t project to be a primary ball handler, his solid handle combined with high IQ allowed him to be an productive play maker out of the post for Oregon. He has good vision, above average strength for his size, and a nice midrange game in both spot up and off the dribble situations.
His rebounding numbers were impressive at Oregon, which projects to be a valuable asset, certainly for the Bucks, who were absolutely atrocious on the glass this season. Brown is not hesitant at attacking the contest, and relishes physical play. A trait that bodes well for success at the higher level.
Defensively, Brown is able to maintain focus and rarely gets caught ball watching. His 1.6 steals per game illustrate good anticipation and awareness of his surroundings, allowing him to jump passing lanes and create turnovers.
The Milwaukee Bucks are certain a team that needs to create further spacing and three-point opportunities moving forward. Brown hasn’t yet been able to extend his range beyond the arc, knocking down only 29 percent of his attempts last season. It wasn’t through a lack of confidence however, as he launched 3.1 attempts per game. Brown’s shot mechanics are fluid, and his mid range game is solid, so there is certainly some hope he will improve with experience in this area.
Far from an elite athlete, Brown was able to use his strength to get to his spots in the college game, but this could be a concern moving forward when competing against developed NBA players. He is quick enough, without being explosive, meaning he can often be limited when guarded by smaller defenders.
Fit with the Bucks:
With a decision pending on Jabari Parker this summer, and Shabazz Muhammad unlikely to return. There is certainly room for a guard/forward on the Milwaukee roster moving forward. Long, intelligent defenders are a valuable commodity and Brown certainly fits that bill. Interestingly enough, he may find himself in a battle for minutes with second year man and namesake Sterling Brown.
His lack of range on the jump shot at this point appears problematic, but in a new system under head coach Mike Budenholzer, you’d expect more movement player movement on the offensive end, which will go some way to curing the painful stagnation in the half court that often plagued the Bucks.
Flashing the ability to work as a secondary ball handler, he also holds value as a backup guard behind Eric Bledsoe and Malcolm Brogdon in certain lineups. All in all, he is a humble, well spoken kid with an understanding of the game on both ends. He possesses enough physical attributes as an 18 year old to suggest he will continue to improve in the coming months/years. With the 17th pick, the Bucks could certainly do far worse than pick Troy Brown.
On the surface he appears to be a mid to high level floor prospect, and with the Bucks taking Thon Maker and DJ Wilson with their last two first round picks, developmental players to be sure, they may find some comfort in knowing that Brown will have the ability to play from opening night in a variety of roles. Don’t sleep on Troy Brown, I think he might be a good one.
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