Markel Brown Finally Gets Chance To Prove Himself


The Brooklyn Nets will be without Jarrett Jack and Bojan Bogdanovic for their game against the Denver Nuggets on Monday. Markel Brown hasn’t received much of a chance to prove himself this season and unless it was for a few minutes, or in garbage time, Brown hasn’t seen much action. Brown will get his opportunity against the Nuggets, the rookie from Oklahoma State will get the start and he is expected to play a major role in the game.

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Brown is excited about the opportunity and here’s what he said during shoot-around. “Gives me a lot of confidence. Happy to be in this position to perform.” Brown said. Basketball enthusiast Josh Rose thinks that starting Brown will bring out not only the best in him, but also the team as a whole. I asked Rose if he thinks that starting Brown is a good idea and here’s what he had to say. “Yeah, I really think Markel(Brown) is going to be able to prove himself as a solid player who can help contribute, especially in the Brooklyn atmosphere.” Rose said.

In the Nets win against the Lakers on Friday, Brown scored 9 points in 15 minutes, but it was more than just the numbers that made him standout in that game. Brown’s athleticism was refreshing to see on a team that is thought of to be old and boring, but in reality the Nets aren’t even that old anymore.

The Nets continue to go with a small lineup with Joe Johnson at power forward and Bojan Bogdanovic’s absence left an open spot in the lineup and Brown’s performance against the Lakers enticed Lionel Hollins to give his rookie a chance. Hollins doesn’t care who you are if you perform well he’ll keep giving you a lot of minutes, but if you struggle he’ll pull the plug and let you ride the bench. The best example of that is Sergey Karasev who was playing a lot of minutes early in the season, but after he started to struggle, Karasev has rarely played since.

Markel Brown is the last guy on the team that hasn’t been given a real chance to prove himself, but that will end against the Nuggets. Brown could provide a spark that the Nets have been lacking this season or he could struggle and never play for the remainder of the season. Brown’s chance is here and the time is now for him to prove that he deserves to be a significant part of the rotation.

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