Sterling Brown
Sterling Brown
26-Year-Old GuardG
Houston Rockets
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After three years in Milwaukee, Brown is joining a Houston squad that could be embarking on a rebuild with star guards James Harden and Russell Westbrook having both submitted trade requests. Even if Houston fails to execute a trade of either player before the season begins, Brown should still have a clearer path to playing time in Houston than he did in his final season in Milwaukee. He saw action in 52 regular-season contests in 2019-20, averaging 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds in 14.8 minutes of run. Ultimately, he's a low-usage three-point shooter with some defensive upside and likely won't be fantasy-relevant this season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Rockets in November of 2020.
Personal Bio

Sterling Damarco Brown was born in 1995 in the Chicago suburb of Maywood, Illinois. He played high school ball at his hometown Proviso East High School, leading the team to a state runner-up finish in 2012 and a state semifinal appearance in 2013. By the time Brown graduated, he was a Mr. Basketball finalist and named All-State third team after averaging 13.4 points and 10.9 rebounds while leading his team to a 30-5 record. He spent the next four years at Southern Methodist University, playing in a combined 136 games over four seasons and starting in 106. Brown improved his points per game total from 4.4 in his freshman year to 13.4 as a senior, good enough for 13th in the AAC. The 6.5 rebounds he pulled in per game during his senior season ranked him 16th in the league. You can follow Sterling Brown on Twitter @Thatnegus_sb.

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Brown was attracted to SMU from Illinois by coach Larry Brown. The 6-6 wing started 26 games as a freshman and recorded 4.4 points and 3.8 rebounds. He also showed promise as a marksman by hitting 36.2 percent of his three-pointers. The guard would notch a season-high 15 points in a win over Memphis. He came off the bench for the first half of his sophomore season, but started the majority of the American Athletic slate and averaged 5.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists. The team was put on probation during Brown's junior season, but managed to win 25 games. Brown ended up contributing 10.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists while dropping 53.6 percent of his long-range shots. The wing led the Mustangs to a 17-1 conference record with 13.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He also scored at least 16 points in his last six games, including a first-round loss to USC in the NCAA Tournament. Brown went on to participate in 109 victories at SMU - the most in school history - and ranked Top-15 in rebounds, assists, three-pointers, and steals.

Missing season finale
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May 15, 2021
Brown (head) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
The 26-year-old hasn't seen the court since April 10, so it's not much of a surprise he won't be back for the season finale. Brown played in 51 games for Houston and averaged 8.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 24.1 minutes this season.
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2019

The 2019-20 season marked Brown's third in the league and third with the Bucks. The 6-foot-5 wing averaged 5.1 points, a career-high 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. During the fifth game of the season, Brown grabbed 11 rebounds in a win over the Magic. That was one short of his career-high 12 boards, which he accomplished Jan. 10 in a victory over the Kings. That 12-rebound effort also came with 11 points, representing Brown's one double-double. During the 10th game of the season in a win over the Thunder, Brown posted his first double-digit scoring effort of the campaign, recording 12 points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist. Three games later, he dished a season-high six assists in a win over the Bulls, also posting eight points, five rebounds and one steal. On Nov. 23, Brown grabbed 10 rebounds in a win over the Pistons while adding seven points, two assists and one steal. On Feb. 10 and Feb. 12, Brown posted two consecutive double-digit scoring efforts, dropping 11 points against the Kings first and 14 points against the Pacers second. He also combined for 14 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in those contests. Brown started the Bucks' final game before the COVID-19 hiatus, posting 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and one block. In the NBA bubble, during Milwaukee's second-to-last seeding game, the third-year pro posted a season-high 23 points while adding two rebounds, two assists and one steal. Brown appeared in one playoff game, grabbing one rebound.

2018

Brown, in his second season in the NBA, appeared in 58 games for the Bucks (seven starts). He saw 17.8 minutes per game, averaging 6.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists -- all career highs. He also shot 46.5 percent from the field, 36.1 percent from the field and 69.0 percent from the charity stripe, leading to a career-best 56.3 true-shooting percentage. Brown also posted a positive net rating (plus-1) for the first time in his career. On Mar. 31, during a one-point loss to the Hawks on the road, Brown had the best game of his season. He posted a career-high 27 points (10-22 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 2-2 FT), plus nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block across 33 minutes. It was his only 20-point game of the season and marked one of the three times he posted at least three steals. Across his seven starts, he averaged 13.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists while totaling six steals and three blocks. Brown also appeared in 11 playoff games for Milwaukee, who went to the Eastern Conference Finals. His best performance was in Game 1 against the Pistons in the first round, a 35-point win in which Brown racked up 11 points (3-5 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven assists, three rebounds, three steals and one block in 25 minutes.

2017

Following four years at SMU, Brown was selected with the 46th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. He appeared in 54 games for the Bucks, including four starts, and averaged 4.0 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14.4 minutes. Brown shot 40.0 percent from the field, 35.2 percent from three and 87.5 percent from the free-throw line. He also spent three games in the G League with the Wisconsin Herd. There, he averaged 21.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals in 32.7 minutes. Arguably his best NBA performance took place Jan. 28 during a 14-point win over the Bulls. In 28 minutes, he posted 12 points (5-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt), six rebounds, two steals and one assist. It was one of his seven games with double-digit points. It was also one of Brown's four performances with at least one made three, one rebound, one assist and one steal. The Bucks finished the season 44-38 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Celtics. Brown played 13 total minutes in seven games, accumulating seven points, two rebounds and one steal.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round (46th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • July 6, 2017
    Traded by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Milwaukee Bucks for cash.
  • July 7, 2017
    Signed a three-year contract with the Milwaukee Bucks
  • November 22, 2020
    Signed a one-year contract with the Houston Rockets.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
Brown showcased considerable improvement as a sophomore, increasing his modest averages across several categories (points, boards, dimes, threes and minutes) while upping his field-goal and three-point shooting percentages. The offseason departure of Malcolm Brogdon opens up playing time at shooting guard that could result in a bigger role for Brown going forward. Nevertheless, he'll likely compete with Pat Connaughton, among others, for those minutes. One cause for concern regarding Brown's ability to seize a more demanding role is that he struggled badly at 2019 Las Vegas Summer League, recording averages of 10.7 points (23.9 FG%, 33.3 3P%, 80.0 FT%), 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists versus 3.3 turnovers, 2.0 threes and 1.3 steals in 29.6 minutes across three contests. Perhaps one shouldn't read too much into this small sample size from summer league, but it's not exactly a promising indicator that Brown is on the verge of a breakout campaign.
The 46th overall pick in the 2017 Draft, Brown began earning relatively consistent playing time with the Bucks in early January as a result of his solid three-point stroke (35.2 percent) and aggressive defense (a combined 2.0 steals/blocks per 36 minutes). However, he struggled to regularly see over 20 minutes per night considering the Bucks’ deep wing rotation -- a situation that hasn't changed heading into 2018-19. Brown has even gained some competition, as the team used the 17th overall pick to draft guard Donte DiVincenzo. Overall, it seems unlikely he becomes Fantasy relevant this season.
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Out Friday
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May 13, 2021
Brown (head) is listed as out for Friday's game against the Clippers.
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Remains out
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May 9, 2021
Brown (head) will not play Monday against Portland.
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Out Saturday
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May 8, 2021
Brown (knee) is out Saturday against the Jazz, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.
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Remains out
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May 6, 2021
Brown (knee) will not play Friday against Milwaukee.
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Out Wednesday
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May 4, 2021
Brown (knee) is out Wednesday against the 76ers.
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