Despite spending much of his rookie season riding the bench or in the G-League, 2019 first round pick Troy Brown Jr. will likely have to play a prominent role for the Wizards next season, one way or another.
They will only have so much flexibility to build their roster while working around the obstacle of John Wall's injury, knowing he could miss all of next year despite making about $37.8 million in the first year of his supermax contract.
Brown could be their sixth man next season. He could even be a starter, depending on what they do with Trevor Ariza. Soon, the time will be now for Brown, who is still only 19-years-old.
On Sunday night, Brown showed he's ready for the moment. He put in the best game of his career so far as the Wizards held off the Denver Nuggets on the road for arguably their most impressive win of the season.
Brown set career-highs in points (24), minutes played (42) and threes (five). He also had seven rebounds and a steal.
Brown's 24 points were the most for a Wizards rookie since Bradley Beal in 2013. They were also more than he scored in a single game in college in his lone year at Oregon.
Brown went 5-for-7 from long range and made his first five attempts. He is now 8-for-11 from three in his last two games.
After that recent surge, Brown is shooting 34.5 percent from three on the season. He is only averaging 1.1 attempts per game, but that's a solid start.
The biggest knock on Brown is his outside shot. He is still far from a dead-eye shooter, but he's not a liability anymore.
Throughout this season in his rare playing time opportunities, Brown has shown several skills consistently. By now we know he can rebound. We know he can pass and handle the ball.
Up until recently, he hadn't shown the ability to shoot this well. And it seems like each game he does something new to demonstrate his development.
In the past few weeks, he has shown the ability to finish at the rim. He isn't a high leaper, but is confident attacking the basket and has good touch on lay-ups.
Against the Nuggets, Brown sank a circus shot on and and-1 that was one of his best plays so far as a pro. He converted a reverse scoop shot through contact that was a beauty.
TBJR is 19. pic.twitter.com/1lJeremySh— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) April 1, 2019
Brown may never turn into a top scorer. He could end up more of a distributor, rebounder and defender.
But lately, his potential as a scorer has been showcased. If he can develop a consistent outside shot, it will only make him more dangerous as a slasher.
Brown continues to mature by the game and is looking more and more like he can be penciled in for a legitimate rotation role next season.
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