Bruce Brown
Bruce Brown
24-Year-Old GuardG
Brooklyn Nets  NBA  
Brooklyn Nets
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Brown saw a significant jump in both output and efficiency during his second season in the league with the Pistons, nearing nine points per game (8.9) to go along with 4.7 boards and 4.0 assists over 28.2 minutes. His biggest boost came from behind the three-point line, where he upped his percentage from 25.8 to 34.4, contributing to his increases in true shooting percentage and effective field-goal percentage. It remains to be seen just how large his role will be in 2020-21 on a new team, the Nets. Brooklyn has title hopes and a much better roster than Detroit, so Brown may not see the kind of usage he did in 2019-20. He was relevant in deeper fantasy leagues last season, which could still be the case in 2020-21. But chances are, he won't have much standard league relevance. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $3.92 million contract with the Pistons in July of 2018. Traded to the Nets in November of 2020.
Personal Bio

Bruce Brown Jr. was born in 1996 in Boston, MA. He is the son of Roberta and Bruce Brown Sr. and has 10 siblings. Brown had his first in-game dunk in the eighth grade. He split his high school time between Wakefield Memorial High School outside of Boston and Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, Vermont. While at Wakefield, Brown also played football as a wide receiver and strong safety. Brown also played high school baseball and JV soccer. Follow Brown on Instagram (@brucebrown11).

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When Brown began his career at Miami in 2016-17, coach Jim Larranaga thought he might be a solid reserve as a freshman. The 6-fooot-4 guard came off the bench in four of the first five games, then was installed as a starter for the rest of his career. In his 11th game, he put up a triple-double (11 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists). The Boston native also scored 30 points in a win over North Carolina. He averaged 11.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists, and Miami was invited to the NCAA Tournament. A foot injury limited Brown to 19 games as a sophomore, but he opened the season with a second triple-double. He played his last game in a Hurricane uniform on Jan. 27, 2018 and provided 11.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists. After his abbreviated second season, Brown declared for the 2018 NBA Draft and was selected 42nd overall by Detroit.

Tendered qualifying offer
GBrooklyn Nets
July 28, 2021
Brown was extended a qualifying offer by the Nets on Wednesday, making him a restricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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In his first season with the Nets, Brown appeared in 65 games and averaged 8.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.9 steals across 22.3 minutes per game. On the season, the 2018 second-round pick shot a career-high 55.6 percent from the field. It is unknown what type of market the 24-year-old will draw, but Brooklyn will want to keep him around as his versatility allowed them to overcome injuries during their playoff run.
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2020

Brown played in 65 games and shot a career-high 55.6 percent from the field during his first season with the Nets. The 24-year-old averaged 8.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 22.3 minutes per game. The Miami product played 30-plus minutes 13 times, including a season-high 52 in Game 7 against the Bucks in the second round of the playoffs. During the contest, Brown went 7-for-9 from the field en route to 14 points while adding six rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block. The 6-foot-4 guard scored in double figures 32 times, including a career-high 29 points against the Kings on Feb. 23. During the 127-118 win, Brown went 11-for-13 from the field, 2-for-3 from three and a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. He also added four rebounds, two assists and one steal across 25 minutes of action. The ex-Hurricane grabbed double-digit rebounds nine times, including a season-high 14 on two occasions. He dished out multiple assists 37 times, including a season-high seven during a 132-114 win over the Rockets on March 3. Defensively, the third-year wing registered multiple steals in 18 games, three-plus steals in seven games, four-plus steals in five games and a season-high five steals during a 139-111 win over the Pelicans on April 7. He also registered multiple blocks five times, including a season-high three during a 122-116 win over Denver on Jan. 12.

2019

For his second year in the Association, Brown appeared in 58 games for the Pistons in the COVID19-shortened 2019-20 season. The young guard saw 28.2 minutes per contest, averaging career highs in points (8.9), rebounds (4.7), assists (4.0) and steals (1.1) per game. He also set highs in field-goal (44.3) and three-point (34.4) percentage and hit 0.6 three-pointers per contest. On Nov. 2, Brown scored a career-high 22 points, plus added seven dimes, in a home win over the Nets. On Nov. 11, Brown dished a career-best 11 assists during a loss at Miami. His best performance of the season occurred Feb. 2 against the Nuggets. In 38 minutes, Brown posted 19 points (7-10 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds and eight assists. The contest was one of four double-doubles for the six-foot-four shooting guard. On Feb. 10, Brown posted 10 points, a career-best 12 rebounds and a career-high five steals during a home loss to the Hornets. Brown accumulated 22 efforts with at least 10 points, 27 contests with at least five rebounds and 25 games with at least five assists. He also had five performances with at least three steals. In games that Brown saw at least 30 minutes of run, he averaged 11.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals.

2018

Bruce Brown emerged as a starter down the stretch during the 2018-2019 season, his first in the NBA. The second-rounder out of Miami averaged 19.6 minutes per game and started seven times in Detroit's first 26 games. Then, on Dec. 26, Brown became a fixture in Detroit's lineup by starting 49 times over Detroit's last 50 games. His playing time stayed consistent over this stretch, as he averaged 20.6 minutes per night. For the season, the 23-year-old posted 4.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. Brown also shot 40 percent from the field, 26 percent from 3-point range and 75 percent from the free-throw line. He scored in double-figures six times, recording a career-high 15 points in a loss to Sacramento on Jan. 10. He grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds in another matchup with the Kings on Jan. 19. Brown also emerged as an effective defender, recording multiple steals in a game eight times. He also recorded two or more blocks in a game nine times. Brown's Pistons finished an even 41-41 and lost to Milwaukee in the first round of the playoffs.

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Transaction History
  • June 21, 2018
    Drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 2nd round (42nd pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft.
  • July 6, 2018
    Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Detroit Pistons
  • November 16, 2020
    Traded to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Dzanan Musa and a second-round pick.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Brown emerged as a starter at shooting guard for the Pistons during the second half of the regular season, starting in 46 of the team's final 47 contests. His production, however, remained relatively unchanged with the move to the starting five. In fact, his points per game dropped from 4.6 points as a reserve to 4.2 as a starter, but this was likely due to him playing with more high-volume, ball-dominant scorers as a starter. Regardless, the second-round pick out of Miami showed he still has plenty to work on with his perimeter game, as he shot just 25.8 percent from behind the arc on just 1.3 attempts per game. This wasn't too surprising considering Brown shot just 31.6 percent from three in his two seasons at Miami, but it leaves Brown vulnerable heading into his second year. With the Pistons boasting plenty of backcourt options, including Luke Kennard, Langston Galloway and the newly-acquired Derrick Rose, Brown will have plenty of competition for minutes and has by no means secured a spot in the starting lineup for next year.
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Starting Game 7
GBrooklyn Nets
June 19, 2021
Brown will start Saturday's Game 7 against the Bucks, Greg Logan of Newsday reports.
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Role disappears in Game 6
GBrooklyn Nets
June 17, 2021
Brown totaled three points (1-2 FG, 1-1 3Pt) and two rebounds across five minutes during Thursday's 104-89 loss to the Bucks.
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Heads to bench
GBrooklyn Nets
June 17, 2021
Brown will come off the bench for Game 6 against Milwaukee on Thursday, Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News reports.
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Records double-double in loss
GBrooklyn Nets
June 10, 2021
Brown produced 16 points (8-17 FG, 0-2 3Pt), 11 rebounds and three assists across 38 minutes in Thursday's 86-83 loss to the Bucks.
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Getting start in Game 2
GBrooklyn Nets
June 7, 2021
Brown will start Game 2 against the Bucks on Monday, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
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