It’s just the Summer League, but former Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown is off to a solid start to his NBA career.
In his Summer League debut on Saturday, Brown had nine points, four rebounds and four assists in 26 minutes in the Nets’ 101-81 win against the Indiana Pacers. In a 110-91 loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday, Brown had eight points, six assists and two rebounds in 31 minutes. The assists and minutes against the Heat were both team highs for the Nets.
It was a question where Brown would fit on the floor in the NBA. Despite his ridiculous athleticism, the 6-foot-3 guard is a little undersized for the 2-guard position in the pros, plus he wasn’t the primary ball handler for the Cowboys at Oklahoma State (that was Marcus Smart – the No. 6 overall pick of the Boston Celtics). But with a 2-to-1 turnover ratio (10 assists to five turnovers) in two games thus far in Summer League, Brown is showing that maybe he can handle some reserve point guard duties behind Deron Williams for the Nets this season, or even become the Nets’ starting 2-guard.
With the Nets’ other primary ball handler, Shaun Livingston, agreeing to a free-agent deal with the Golden State Warriors, the door is even more open for Brown to log some minutes at either guard spot.
Now Brown gets a shot at the Oklahoma City Thunder’s summer league team tonight (6 p.m. central, NBA TV).
* Smart was up and down in his Summer League debut (and talked to our Darnell Mayberry following the game), logging 10 points, five points, five rebounds and three assists. He only went 2-of-8 from the field, but was 6-of-8 from the line with just one turnover in 28 minutes. Smart gets his second game of the summer today at 2 p.m. against the Indiana Pacers.
* Also on the floor this weekend was former Oklahoma Sooner Romero Osby, who posted 10 points, three rebounds and two steals in the Orlando Magic's 83-77 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.