The Nets finally found a way to sneak into the 2014 NBA Draft, selecting Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown in the second round (44th overall). The Nets bought the pick for $1 million from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
According to DraftExpress.com, Brown is listed at 6'3" and weighs 184 lbs. The 22-year-old was a three year starter at Oklahoma State, improving steadily each season. Brown's senior season was his best, as he averaged 17.2 points a game on 47.3% shooting. His senior year numbers paint him as an average free throw and three-point shooter (76.8% from the charity stripe, 37.9% from three). Despite his short stature, Brown hauled in 5.3 rebound per game during his final year with the Cowboys. Here is Draft Express' full scouting report on Brown from April of this year and a video of some of his highlights.
Drafting Brown definitely gives Brooklyn some guard depth, which is important considering guards Shaun Livingston and Alan Anderson are free agents and may not return to the team next season. Despite playing behind Marcus Smart at Oklahoma State, Brown still found a way to score a lot and at a solid rate. He figures to be the type of player who can come off the bench and score quickly in limited minutes.
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