Brooklyn Nets: 3 reasons Bruce Brown Jr. cannot be underestimated

Nets guard Bruce Brown (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Nets guard Bruce Brown (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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As Brooklyn fans continue to enjoy the Nets‘ dominant play throughout this season, we are all amazed by the excellent playmaking skills of James Harden, the masterful scoring moves of Kyrie Irving, and the accurate shooting of Joe Harris.

The have Nets welcomed Kevin Durant’s return as well as the additions of Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge, but there’s one player who fans need to make sure they don’t forget: Bruce Brown Jr.

Brown is a 6-foot-4 guard from the University of Miami. He was selected 42nd by the Detroit Pistons in the 2018 NBA Draft. After playing two seasons in the Motor City. The Pistons traded Brown to Brooklyn in a three-team deal before the start of this season.

Over his first year with the Nets, Brown has helped provide needed stability for a team with three of the top 10 players in the NBA.

Nobody would have expected this heading into the new season, but here are three reasons why Brown is so important to this current Nets team.

James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets
James Harden #13, Kevin Durant #7, and Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

3. Brown is a great fit with the Big 3

Brown has a remarkable ability to move without the ball with his solid cuts and dives to the basket. He averages just 8.4 points per game, but his impact on the floor goes beyond his scoring numbers.

Brown is shooting 62.5% from the two-point range and has an overall 56.6% field goal percentage. Efficient.

The Nets guard has a 114.8 offensive rating and a 59.5% true shooting percentage this season. Brooklyn has a 100.28 pace of play rating with him in the lineup and also provides excellent offensive floor spacing and extra scoring options for the Nets. When the floor opens from the inevitable double teams, Brown is there to find the open spot and is a reliable enough shooter at this point to trust.