With the 15th pick in the 2018 NBA draft, the Washington Wizards selected University of Oregon Small Forward Troy Brown Jr.
Yet another head-scratching pick by team President Ernie Grunfeld.
Brown does not fill any obvious needs with the Wizards, as small forward is one our positions with the most depth with Oubre and Porter. Many fans expected Robert Williams, the center from Texas A&M, or athletic guard, Zhaire Smith, to be selected. But of course, Ernie threw us a curveball.
As much as myself and most Wizards fans disagree with the pick, the least we can do is give the kid a chance. So I put on my journalism hat, and did some research on the Oregon product to see who exactly is this new Wizards rookie.
The first thing you notice with Brown’s game is his tenaciousness and hustle on defense. With a 6’10” wingspan, Brown has the length and grit to prove his ability to be a defensive force in and out of the paint. His defense also leads to solid transition scoring, where he can be seen throwing down electric dunks. Definitely expect Brown to provide the Wizards a spark on defense coming off the bench.
Offensively, Brown is not a fancy or finesse player. He averaged a scrappy 11.3 points per game, along with 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Brown does the most damage driving to the hoop and absorbing contact. He is not known for being a three point shooter, but when you watch him play, you can see that he has the ability to hit the deep ball. With the right practice and NBA-level training, Brown has the tools to solidify himself on the offensive end of the ball.
So Wizards fans, take a deep breath. We all know that this is not the pick that most fans would have made, but Ernie will be Ernie. Washington is bringing in a very athletic defender who at least is going to get after it on both sides of the ball.