When the Brooklyn Nets Big Three Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden each had their injuries in the 2020-21 regular season, Bruce Brown has always replaced their first player this season, playing times. Ranked third in the Nets. But for Brown, when he replaced Harden in the second game of the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, he seemed to have a more important and powerful sense of responsibility and belief.
All this is just like when Brown was traded from the Detroit Pistons to the Nets. He became the team’s “Swiss knife”. Wherever needed, assistance is provided in any way-when it is time to attack, run and catch the ball. Shooting; in the organization, can control the ball and assist; when defensive, even in the face of the elderly without fear.“I don’t think I need to pay too much attention to scoring.”Brown said so at the time.“We have Kyrie, Kevin, Caris (LeVert, traded to the Indiana Pacers mid-season), these guys can score. So I should mainly focus on the defensive end, and then try to become better and learn from this team. The new defensive system in the team. Then I will be able to stand on the court and help the team win.”
Harden is not here now, and it is also the time for Brown to come forward. In the first game of the series with the Bucks, Brown, who came off the bench, turned in 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 2 blocks. In the second game where Brown started, he directly scored 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Durant was amazed by Brown’s excellent and versatile performance.“Bruce (Brown’s name) came in and played very hard.”Durant said.“When we got Brown, Ky (Irving’s nickname) and I were talking about this. We fought against him for the past two years, but no one in Detroit really knew him. But when I was in Golden State , Confronted him and still saw him in the scout report, he completely messed up our flow in a game. I was like at the time, where is this kid sacred?”
“Who is this kid?”
Kevin Durant recalled a time when he was with the Warriors where Bruce Brown made an impact and “disrupted” Golden State’s flow in that particular game pic.twitter.com/lST4Jwfr5d
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Brown was selected by the Pistons with the 42nd overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft because Pistons head coach Dwane Casey is very interested in him. In fact, Casey has always cultivated Brown, so that Brown became Casey’s fixed rotation last season, and his playing time soared to an average of 28.2 minutes. Brown practiced a sharp three-pointer in the summer after the rookie season, which allowed him to gain a lot of room to play, because Casey saw more expansion in him-Casey believes that Brown’s basketball growth The pattern is somewhat similar to Pascal Siakam he coached.
The second-year Brown has indeed demonstrated his all-around qualities. As a point guard, he organized the offense with the ball and sent out a total of 230 assists, second only to Derrick Rose. At only 6 feet 4 inches tall, he was no worse than other long-man centers in rebounding, with a total of 274 rebounds, including 61. One is offensive rebounds. Both statistics are the Pistons’ third highest, behind Andre Drummond and Christian Wood; and, with an average of 1.1 steals and 0.5 blocks, it is a reliable lock for the Pistons on the defensive end.
“I’m just a basketball player-put me on the court and I will play well. I don’t care where I am. I can play power forward or center. I don’t mind, as long as I’m still on the court. Come on, I can help this team.”Brown said that last season.
In fact, Brown will cherish the opportunity on the court so much, and even willing to do anything for the team, and go all out, more or less related to his growth environment. In high school, Brown was rejected by many college scouts because of his poor academic performance, and his mother Roberta Sweet-Brown was also heartbroken by this.“I am a young mother myself, and you always want your children to get something different.”Sweet-Brown, who runs a care center in the Boston area, said.“I have always told my children and the children in the nursing home that education is everything. Some people care about drugs, but I care about grades.”Compared to achievements on the basketball court, Roberta cares more about his son’s life growth.
In order to improve Brown’s performance, when Brown messed up his chemistry test, Roberta would directly contact Brown’s coach Leo Papile on the AAU team to prevent Brown from playing. Even Brown later transferred from Wakefield Memorial High School to Vermont, Vermont. Academy, because Vermont Academy pays more attention to the learning of athletes.“I saw my mother staring at the sad look of my grade report, unable to tell her friends and aunts about my grades, and seeing her crying, I was really embarrassed.”Brown recalled.