Sterling Brown

Sterling Brown

27-Year-Old GuardG
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Free Agent
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Brown was traded to the Rockets as part of the Christian Wood deal, landing in a spot that offers him little long-term security. He finished as the 438th ranked player during the 2021-22 season, playing just 12.8 minutes per game. While the Rockets are likely to be somewhat flexible with their lineups, it's not clear where Brown fits in their plans, so a regular spot in the rotation is far from guaranteed. With his arrow firmly pointed down, there is no reason to consider him a viable asset moving forward. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Mavericks in August of 2021. Traded to the Rockets in June of 2022. Traded to the Thunder in September of 2022. Waived by the Thunder in October of 2022.
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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. 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.

Waived by Thunder
GOklahoma City Thunder
October 2, 2022
Brown was waived by the Thunder on Sunday, Rylan Stiles of BricktownBuckets.com reports.
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After being acquired Sept. 30th from the Rockets, Brown was let go by the Thunder to open up roster spots for other young pieces. Last season, Brown played a limited role with the Mavericks, averaging only 3.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
To play in Orlando
GMilwaukee Bucks
June 18, 2020
Brown said that he will play for the Bucks when the season resumes in Orlando in July, Eric Woodyard of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Speaking to ESPN about the decision, Brown noted that he supports his peers who have spoken out in opposition but believes that NBA players can use "our platform and our resources to continue to bring awareness and shine light." Brown is involved in an ongoing lawsuit against the city of Milwaukee stemming from a January 2018 incident in which he was tased by police officers.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Brown was given the biggest opportunity of his career last season with the rebuilding Rockets after three relatively uneventful seasons with the Bucks. Brown started 14 of his 51 appearances and averaged 8.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 24.1 minutes. He also shot a fantastic 42.3 percent from three on 4.2 attempts per game. On a per-game basis, Brown ranked 204th in fantasy, making him semi-relevant in deep leagues. Houston opted not to hang onto Brown, however, and he joined the Mavericks on a two-year deal over the summer. Brown's role seems likely to decrease with Dallas. He'll primarily be competing with Tim Hardaway, Reggie Bullock, Jalen Brunson, Dorian Finney-Smith and Trey Burke for minutes. There's a chance Brown can still maneuver into roughly 20 minutes per night, but a lot would have to break right.
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.
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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Shipped to OKC
GOklahoma City Thunder
September 29, 2022
Brown -- along with David Nwaba, Trey Burke and Marquese Chriss -- was traded from the Rockets to the Thunder on Thursday in exchange for Derrick Favors, Ty Jerome, Maurice Harkless, Theo Maledon and a 2025 second-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Traded to Rockets
GHouston Rockets
June 15, 2022
Brown was traded to the Rockets from the Mavericks on Wednesday, along with Boban Marjanovic, Trey Burke, Marquese Chriss and the No. 26 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, in exchange for Christian Wood, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Off injury report
GDallas Mavericks
April 15, 2022
Brown (illness) is off the injury report for Saturday's Game 1 against the Jazz.
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Out due to illness
GDallas Mavericks
Illness
April 10, 2022
Brown won't play Sunday against the Spurs due to a non-COVID illness.
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Returns to action Friday
GDallas Mavericks
April 9, 2022
Brown (personal) recorded seven points (3-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt), four rebounds and one steal over 15 minutes during Friday's 128-78 win over the Trail Blazers.
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