Bruce Brown

Bruce Brown

27-Year-Old GuardG
Toronto Raptors
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Coming off his best season to date, Brown now finds himself with an opportunity to serve as more than a reliable sixth man. After impressing in the Nuggets' championship season, the Pacers paid up to secure Brown, meaning he'll be in the mix to start -- Bennedict Mathurin and Buddy Hield being the other candidates. A borderline top-120 player last season, Brown averaged a career-high 11.5 points, adding 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 28.5 minutes per game. If he starts, it's reasonable to assume his playing time should increase into the low-to-mid 30s. On the surface, this should result in increased production, potentially vaulting him inside the top 100. However, playing with the starters could also mean his ability to get his hands on the ball is reduced. If nothing else, his role should be more secure, meaning managers can draft him with a little more confidence than in past years. A lack of upside limits his overall appeal, leaving him as a serviceable late-round target, with slightly more value in roto formats. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $22 million contract with Pacers in July of 2023. Traded to the Raptors in January of 2024. Contract includes $23 million team option for 2024-25.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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). 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.

Back to bench
GToronto Raptors
February 7, 2024
Brown won't start Wednesday's game against the Hornets.
ANALYSIS
After getting a spot start Monday, Brown will shift back to the bench to make room for RJ Barrett's (rest) return. The last time Brown came off the bench, he posted two points and two assists in 18 minutes during a loss to the Thunder on Sunday.
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How does Bruce Brown compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
  • True Shooting %
    An advanced statistic that measures a player's efficiency at shooting the ball that takes field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three point percentage into account.
  • Effective Field Goal %
    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
  • Free Throw Rate
    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
  • Offensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available offensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Defensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available defensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Total Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Assist %
    An estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while they were on the floor.
  • Steal %
    An estimate of the percentage of opponent possessions that end with a steal by the player while they were on the floor.
  • Block %
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  • Turnover %
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True Shooting %
54.1%
 
Effective Field Goal %
50.0%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
23.3%
 
Free Throw Rate
15.5%
 
Offensive Rebound %
4.4%
 
Defensive Rebound %
14.6%
 
Total Rebound %
9.4%
 
Assist %
11.2%
 
Steal %
1.5%
 
Block %
1.7%
 
Turnover %
8.8%
 
Usage %
16.6%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
21.3
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
0.8
 
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Option for Knicks?
GToronto Raptors
February 6, 2024
The Knicks are interested in acquiring Brown before Thursday's trade deadline, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
The Knicks are interested in acquiring a player with a salary in the $20 million range who is also under contract past this season, and Brown fits that mold. New York is willing to include Evan Fournier and future draft compensation to acquire Brown, who was already traded from Indiana to Toronto in the deal that sent Pascal Siakam to the Pacers.
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Brown has established himself as one of the most unique guards in the NBA over the past two seasons. He was used more traditionally during his first two years in Detroit, but after heading to Brooklyn, he became a pick-and-roll guard primarily. He also spent time in the dunker's spot for easy dump-off passes and offensive rebounds. Brown possessed those roles despite standing just 6-foot-5. He's also shown to be a quality defender (1.8 combined steals-plus-blocks in 24.6 MPG) and has some three-point potential, shooting 88-for-249 (35.3%) over the past three years. That combination has kept him on the court as a versatile, multi-position option. The Nets opted to let Brown walk in free agency, and he signed a contract with the Nuggets over the summer. Brown figures to play a similar role with Denver, and he could form some reverse pick-and-roll combinations with Nikola Jokic as the ballhandler. Brown ranked 149th in per-game production last season behind 9.0 points on 50.6 FG%, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists. It seems possible, if not likely, that he'll find himself seeing a similar workload, and a similar usage rate would make sense given that his unique skillset meshes perfectly with Jokic's playstyle. With that in mind, Brown is more of a late-round option in deep leagues, but he does have standard-league upside and will probably end up being a solid streaming option when the Nuggets have four-game weeks.
While Brown saw a role reduction last season while going from the Pistons to the Nets, he was able to be a legitimate impact player on a Finals contender. The 6-foot-4, multi-tooled, multi-position player saw 22.3 minutes per game and averaged 8.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He also saw 25.1 minutes in the second round of the Playoffs against the Bucks, when he averaged 8.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 52.8 percent from the field. Brown often played a big-man role on offense for Brooklyn, functioning as a pick-and-roll partner with the team's playmakers. He's also one of the best offensive rebounders in the NBA for his size, grabbing 2.8 per 36 minutes. Heading into 2021-22, Brown's role should remain steady. That means the 25-year-old probably won't be worth a spot in most redraft leagues, though fantasy managers in deep formats can always snatch him with a final spot for a high-floor player. He's also intriguing for keeper/dynasty formats, but he'll likely need a change of scenery for there to be any sort of payoff for hanging onto him.
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.
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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Running with starters
GToronto Raptors
February 5, 2024
Brown is starting Monday's game against the Pelicans.
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Coming off bench Sunday
GToronto Raptors
February 4, 2024
Brown isn't starting Sunday's game against the Thunder, Blake Murphy of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Joins starting lineup
GToronto Raptors
January 26, 2024
Brown will join the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Clippers, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.
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Comes off bench in Toronto debut
GToronto Raptors
January 19, 2024
Brown contributed 15 points (7-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt), seven rebounds, one assist and one steal across 25 minutes off the bench during Thursday's 116-110 loss to the Bulls.
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Officially set to debut
GToronto Raptors
January 18, 2024
Brown is available and cleared to play in Thursday's game versus the Bulls, Blake Murphy of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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