Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2014 Draft Scouting - 2nd Round - Jabari Brown

If the Pistons choose to stand pat with their frontcourt bench options this offseason, a long list of second round wings will get a look from the front office going into the draft.  One of those second round wings is Missouri junior SG Jabari Brown, a prolific scorer and shooter.  Brown is old for a junior, at 22 years old, after transferring from Oregon to Missouri following his freshman season.  The move seems to have paid dividends as Brown had a great junior season for the Tigers.  He shot 46.7% from the field overall and 41.0% from three en route to 19.9 PPG as Mizzou's leading scorer and outside shooter.  Brown's ability to hit shots from the perimeter would be very enticing for a Pistons team that finished 29th in the league in three point shooting, at an even 32% for the season.

In my opinion, fixing the outside shooting is the biggest task for the Pistons this offseason.  The Pistons only had one serviceable outside shooter this season (Singler) and would benefit from surrounding their attention-demanding big men with more perimeter shooting.  Brown certainly fits the bill, so if he's around when the Pistons pick in the 2nd round (38th, most likely), he should be a consideration.  Let's take a look at how he would fit the Pistons.

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For as good as Brown was behind the arc, his highlight video features him scoring a lot inside the paint off the drive.  That's for good reason, as Brown converted 51.3% of his two-point attempts this season.  Combined with his 41.0% three-point shooting, Brown managed a 62.2 TS% which ranked him among the top 25 in SGs in the NCAA.

In the above video, Brown showcases what allowed him to be such an efficient scorer.  To go with his three-point shooting, Brown is a creative finisher through contact and is a good athlete.  When shooting, Brown looked efficient coming off of screens, and showcased range out beyond the NBA three-point line.  When he puts his head down to drive, he is looking to score.  Brown may get himself into trouble in the NBA against better, stronger defenders if he isn't willing to kick the ball out to other shooters, or to reset the play if nothing's available.

Brown's statistics suggest that he doesn't offer much outside of scoring.  While he finished third in rebounding (4.4 RPG) for Missouri, his lack of size and elite athleticism won't likely translate that skill to the NBA.  Brown's passing numbers (12.2 AST%, 12.7 TOV%) leave a bit to be desired, and it doesn't appear that he will ever be a playmaker at the NBA level.

The Pistons could really use a sharpshooter like Jabari Brown to come off the bench and play 10-20 minutes per night, depending on matchups and how he's shooting.  His 41.0% three-point shooting doesn't appear to be a fluke, as he shot 36.6% on 7.5 attempts per 40 minutes the season before.  Brown is a volume perimeter shooter who would fill a need perfectly for the Pistons.   There might not be a more perfect complement available to KCP's game in the second round, and the Pistons should give serious consideration to pulling the trigger if he's still available.  

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