Season Preview: Troy Brown Jr. could fill a vacuum in the Lakers wing rotation

Welcome to our Lakers Season Preview Series! For the subsequent a number of weeks, we’ll be writing columns each weekday, breaking down the greatest questions now we have about each participant the Lakers added this offseason. Today, we take a have a look at Troy Brown Jr.

Desperate for 3-and-D wings with few vital belongings to amass them, the Lakers entered this offseason on a mission. And regardless of spending their greatest chip on a 6’4 guard with a popularity as an inconsistent 3-point shooter defender (at greatest) in Lonnie Walker IV, they had been capable of nail down a pair of probably viable candidates to fill out their wing rotation .

While coming with their very own set of barely completely different strengths and weaknesses Juan Toscano-Anderson and Troy Brown Jr. will probably be in competitors for the identical set of wing minutes.

After 4 seasons break up between the Wizards and Bulls, Brown is coming to the Lakers on a veteran’s minimal contract, presumably as a result of the lack of a bustling marketplace for his providers. And regardless of getting into the season with arguably the least credible NBA resume of the three, there’s a case to be made that Brown’s particular skillset could greatest align with what the Lakers want at his place.

What is his best-case situation?

If all the pieces goes proper, Troy Brown Jr. could find yourself being the higher shooter between himself and JTA, making him the cleaner match beside the Lakers’ different presumptive starters. Last season, he shot a career-high 35.3% from distance on his second-largest variety of complete makes an attempt in a season. Although that mark is a mere tenth of a p.c above the league common, it is no less than a couple of ticks higher than what JTA (32.2%) put up final season. Although he is not precisely a sniper from lengthy vary, Brown shot properly sufficient in current seasons to make defenses pay for leaving him extensive open from past the arc, one thing the Lakers could barely get out of their defensively viable position gamers final season.

On the different facet of the ball, Brown grades out as a better-than-average perimeter stopper. According to The BBall Index, Brown was in the high quarter of the league as an on-ball perimeter defender and chaser, two expertise he’d probably be requested to lean on with the Lakers. Although his minutes sometimes got here towards opposing groups’ bench items, he acquitted himself properly towards a extensive number of exterior scorers. He would not pop off the display screen as any kind of world-class mover, however his 6’11 wingspan permits him to hold with gamers who outclass him in phrases of agility and explosiveness.

What is his worst-case situation?

The greatest concern concerning Brown’s potential to slip in easily beside the Lakers’ presumptive offensive load-bearers is the incontrovertible fact that he is but to crack a rotation for a constantly heavy minutes load by means of 4 seasons on middling groups.

Despite having his greatest taking pictures marketing campaign but final season, he is nonetheless solely a profession 33.7% 3-point shooter. That mediocre mark was higher than a bunch of regulars like Austin Reaves, Russell Westbrook, and Anthony Davis, however continues to be a methods away from being the sort of off-ball risk who makes defenses assume twice about leaving him open. If he is incapable of pulling down open threes at an above-league-average clip, he won’t be of a lot use to the Lakers exterior of consuming up minutes in rubbish time.

And whereas the math favors Brown on protection, the high quality of his competitors and his restricted run are causes for concern. Without ever actually being tasked with locking down the Devin Bookers and Paul Georges of the world, it is arduous to know precisely how Brown’s lack of burst will fare towards the NBA’s greatest wing scorers. If he turns into a turnstile towards fiercer opponents, he will not have the ability to keep on the ground when it issues.

Brown’s most up-to-date displaying is probably his most damning, having didn’t step up in these previous playoffs for a Bulls crew that desperately wanted wing assist. In Chicago’s gentleman’s sweep at the arms of the Milwaukee Bulls, Brown made simply two of his 11 threes whereas posting a minus-1.3 web score in virtually 37 minutes of burn (though his crew misplaced all three of these video games by a mixed 70 factors) . For a 23-year-old on an expiring contract, Brown’s incapability to attain wing minutes for a crew that positively wanted them marked a missed alternative to enhance his inventory on the open market.

What is his almost certainly position on the crew?

At simply 23 years previous, there’s a likelihood that a absolutely fashioned good participant exists inside the tough define of the one Troy Brown Jr. has sketched throughout components of 4 NBA seasons up to now. However, he is removed from being a lock to see greater than scant taking part in time early on in the season. Still, with out a lot competitors in the approach of rostered wings, particularly after Stanley Johnson’s departure, Brown will get a likelihood to make an influence.

That alternative will inevitably come, however solely time will inform how a lot he could make of it.

Cooper is a lifelong Laker fan who has additionally lined the Yankees at SB Nation’s Pinstripe Alley — no, he is not additionally a Cowboys fan. You can hear him on the Lakers Multiverse Podcast and discover him on Twitter at @cooperhalpern.

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