Who is Gabe Brown? Meet the Raptors’ newest Exhibit 10 signing

GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA - MARCH 20: Gabe Brown #44 of the Michigan State Spartans (Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images)
GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA - MARCH 20: Gabe Brown #44 of the Michigan State Spartans (Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images) /

The Toronto Raptors needed to make one more training camp addition after the waiving of guard Armoni Brooks. In traditional Raptors fashion, Masai Ujiri decided to fill that vacated spot with a 6-8 forward that can defend multiple positions with ease in Gabe Brown.

Brown signed an Exhibit 10 deal with the Raptors, meaning that he is likely viewed as a Raptors 905 developmental option. Considering how Reggie Perry went from an Exhibit 10 deal to a handful of appearances with the Trail Blazers, Brown could end up as an interesting asset.

Unlike many young Raptors players that come in with more short-term defensive potential, Brown profiles as someone who could end up being a quality offensive player thanks to the numbers he put up during his final season under Tom Izzo at Michigan State.

While it is highly unlikely that Brown will beat out one of the other non-guaranteed members for playing time, he is valuable enough to where he will get a ton of time and attention from the Raptors’ developmental staff. Brown will be a name to watch in Mississauga.

What will Gabe Brown bring to the Toronto Raptors?

A four-year contributor who became a starter last season, Brown made All-Big Ten after scoring 11.6 points and pulling down 3.8 rebounds per game with the Spartans. Some see shades of former Raptors wing CJ Miles in his offensive game thanks to a solid 3-point shot, though that could be more of a high-end comparison.

Brown has nailed more than 40% of his 3-pointers in his last two seasons in college. With that trait already in his possession, Brown can work on improving the promising defensive versatility that he has. Toronto already had to beat out Denver in order to acquire him, showing the level of interest the league had in him.

Brown received a few cups of coffee with the Thunder in Summer League play. While Brown often had to defer to Chet Holmgren and Josh Giddey, he was still able to average 11 points per game for Oklahoma City. He clearly impressed enough to get consideration from Toronto.

Ujiri has typically valued players that can defend multiple positions, quality athletes who hit jumpers from the corner, and those who come into the NBA with multiple years of collegiate experience. Brown checks many of those boxes, which could help him fit in well with Toronto’s style of play.

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