The Washington Wizards hold the 15th and 44th overall picks in the 2018 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select...
2018 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Troy Brown
Position: Shooting guard/small forward
Age: 18 (turns 19 in July)
Max vertical: 33
2017/18 stats: 11.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.6 spg, 0.2 bpg, 44.4 FG%, 29.1 3PT%, 74.3 FT%
Player comparison: T.J. Warren
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 23rd, NBADraft.net 18th, Bleacher Report 24th, Sports Illustrated 18th
5 things to know:
*Brown was a one-and-done player at Oregon who in his one NCAA season showed that he can do a lot of thing on the court. He played some at shooting guard, some at small forward and says he's comfortable at point guard as well, having played there plenty in the past. Brown could be a perfect for positionless basketball.
*He is an excellent rebounder for his position. Brown pulled in 6.2 boards per game and five times had 10 or more. One of those games, on Dec. 13 against Portland State, showed well how many ways Brown can affect a game. He had 10 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, a block and a steal. Brown is also an adept passer. He prides himself on being able to set others up and has a knack for threading the needle in passing lanes.
*The biggest question for Brown is his shooting. He shot just 29.1 percent from the perimeter and 44.4 percent from the field. After his predraft workout with the Wizards, Brown blamed his percentage on shot selection. He is confident he can be a better shooter as his career goes on.
*Brown had a solid combine, measuring in over 6-foot-7 in shoes and with a 6-foot-10 wingspan. But his 33-inch max vertical leap was not great. Perhaps that will improve with time and through strength training.
*Brown's parents and sister were all college athletes and both of his parents were Nevada state correction officers. That latter fact may be the reason why Brown is mature beyond his years. Though he's 18 years old, he carries himself and handles the media as if he's a longtime NBA veteran.
Fit with Wizards: Brown would check off a lot of boxes for the Wizards in terms of their positional needs. He could help out behind Bradley Beal at shooting guard and also behind Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre at small forward. He might even be able to play some point guard in a pinch, given his experience at the position.
Brown would add speed and athleticism to the Wizards' bench. He is a smart player who likes to move the ball and play unselfishly. He has the versatility and style to coexist on the floor with anyone on their roster.
The question would be how much Brown can help the Wizards in the short-term. He is very young and it's going to take time for him to develop his outside shot. The Wizards already lack offensive skill in their second unit. Brown would not solve those issues.
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