(Another in a series of player profiles prior to training camp.)
Position: Shooting guard
2018-19 stats: 74 games, 19.6 minutes, 4.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 39.8 percent shooting, 25.8 percent 3-point shooting, 75.0 percent free-throw shooting.
Career stats: Same.
Contract: One year remaining at $1.4 million followed by $1.66 team option for 2020-21.
2018-19 in review: Started 56 games as a rookie, including season opener vs. Brooklyn Oct. 17. … Didn’t play in seven of first 15 games. … Scored in double figures six times, including season-high 15 at Sacramento Jan. 10. … Season-high 10 rebounds vs. Sacramento Jan. 19. … Season-high seven assists vs. Utah Jan. 5. … Averaged 3.3 points and shot 36 percent in four playoff games, starting two, vs. Bucks. … Led Pistons in Summer League scoring (13.5 points per game), rebounds (8.0) and assists (8.3, led league).
2019-20 outlook: Brown didn’t provide much offense as a rookie, but the Pistons got their money’s worth from the tenacious, defensive-minded 42nd overall pick, who surprised by starting 56 games. He provided an element of grit and typically guarded the opposition’s top perimeter player.
But Brown can do more for the Pistons than just play defense. He was excellent in the Summer League, where he became just the second player ever in Las Vegas to record a triple-double.
He played point guard and showed his ball-handling ability with a stellar assist-to-turnover ratio of 33-9.
Brown’s shooting is a work in progress that could take some time. He shot 41 percent in Summer League (19-of-46), including 2 for 10 from 3-point distance.
Brown’s ability to guard three positions likely will keep him in the starting lineup this season. He isn’t going to play point guard unless there’s multiple injuries to Reggie Jackson, Derrick Rose or Tim Frazier, but coach Dwane Casey’s objective for playing Brown at the point in Summer League was to improve his ball-handling skills.
Quotable: “I have a clear view of what I need to do this summer and I’m going to put the work in for sure — shooting, ball-handling and finishing at the rim.” – Brown.
Key question: Can Brown improve his shooting appreciably?