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.