Better: Bruce Brown
Brown has quietly become one of the most consistent and effective Nets amid some very chaotic times in Brooklyn. Brown went from a backup that fell out of the plan in Detroit, but the Nets have been very ingenious with how they have deployed him all over the floor.
Brown has averaged 8.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Brown is so versatile that the 6-4 switchblade has played everywhere from traditional point guard to small-ball power forward. In an offense that likes to mix and match configurations, a guard like Brown sounds too good to be true.
Bruce Brown would mesh well with the Toronto Raptors.
Brown did make 40% of his 3-pointers, but he barely averaged more than one attempt from deep per game. He didn’t even make 30% of his attempts the year before. Was his offensive improvement a one-year wonder or the sign of a positive trend that turns him into an available presence on both ends?
Brown will have to enter the Nick Nurse shooting school and pass with flying colors like Precious Achiuwa did last year. While he’d be perfect from a defensive versatility point of view, Brown is a bit too much of a gamble on the offensive end to be the No. 1 free agent option for Toronto this offseason.