The Memphis Grizzlies are in dire need of outside shooting, and they hold the 22nd pick in this year’s NBA Draft. One player that comes to mind, is Missouri SG Jabari Brown. Let’s take a look at Brown’s player profile.
Overview: Brown is an athletic 6’5 wing that can penetrate to the basket and knock down 3’s well outside NBA range. Brown averaged 19.9 points/game at Mizzou this last season which was the highest in his career. He shot 46.7% from the field, and 41% from downtown connecting on 80-of-195 three point attempts. Brown showed major improvement from his first full year at Mizzou as he shot 40.4% from the floor and 36.6% from 3.
Offense: There’s no question that Brown possesses the offensive firepower that can help the Memphis Grizzlies succeed. After averaging a career high 19.9 points per game and registering himself as a top 5 scorer in the SEC last season, Brown has positioned himself to be a late first round to early second round pick. To go along with his outstanding shooting, Brown registered a career high in free throw percentage knocking down 79.7% of his attempts from the charity stripe. Brown helped lead Mizzou to being the #1 free throw team in the SEC. Brown is best known as being a slasher and attacking the rim on most of his shots. He was fouled 25% of the time in the 2013-2014 season on drives to the basket. The only struggle is Brown’s midrange game, and he’ll have to work on that before the draft.
Defense: Another weakness in Brown’s game is his defense. He averaged only 0.6 steals per game, and he along with Mizzou’s defense allowed teams to shoot above 50% for much of the season. The Tigers were 164th in points allowed this season at 69.7 per game, and Brown was a big reason for the defensive struggles. If the Grizzlies draft Brown, Tony Allen and Courtney Lee can be great mentors for this young talent.
Ball Handling: One of Jabari Brown’s biggest weaknesses last season was his ball handling. He averaged 2.3 turnovers per game compared to 1.7 assists. Those are terrible stats for a Guard who has as much talent as Brown possesses. Again, the Grizzlies may be the optimal team to draft him and help fix the turnover fiasco.
Overall: Brown is by far one of the most underrated Guards in this year’s NBA Draft. It may be considered a stretch picking Brown at 22, but the Grizzlies are in dire need of a guard who can shoot. Brown will be a work in progress, but would surely help a struggling Memphis offense.