G League

Moses Brown Drawing Plenty of Attention With the Oklahoma City Blue

Two-way contract player Moses Brown has been dominating in the opening games of the Orlando G League bubble. The 21-year-old is averaging 21.3 points, 15.5 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks, through the Oklahoma City Blue’s opening 4 games of the season. From the field, Brown is shooting at a 57.9% clip.

The Blue, the affiliate team of the Oklahoma City Thunder, currently hold a 3-1 record to start the 2021 season. In his season debut, the 7-foot-2 center had a 15-point, 17-rebound showing but has gone from strength-to-strength since. In the following 3 contests, he’s scored 20+ points consecutively and has 4 blocks to his name in every contest bar one.

Most recently, in a win against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on February 16, Brown scored 24 points, alongside 20 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 4 blocks. 9 of his 20 rebounds were on the offensive end. The most impressive part, he did this in just 24 minutes.

In fact, his stellar stat-line is being produced in limited minutes, in an average of 26.6 minutes per game. The promising center is currently the 9th-highest player in the entire league in points per game (21.3). In addition, he’s sitting top in rebounds per game (15.5).

It doesn’t stop there. Brown is second in blocks per contest (3.3) and is first in Offensive Rebounds (26). Brown also occupies the top spot in Player Efficiency Rating, with 30.8.

PJ Dozier, Terrance Ferguson, and Luguentz Dort are all recent NBA names to come through the Oklahoma City Blue system. The G League franchise can even take credit in the development of Alex Caruso, who played 50 games with the team during the 2016-17 season, as a rookie. If his early numbers are any indication, Moses Brown could very well be the latest talent on the Blue roster to go on and make an NBA impact.

After completing a one-and-done season with UCLA during the 2018-19 season, Brown went undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft. From there, he signed a two-way contract with the Portland Trail Blazers for the 2019-20 campaign. He featured in 9 contests for Portland, averaging 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds, in 3.7 minutes per game.

Due to the Trail Blazers not having a G League affiliate, the towering center was flex assigned to the Texas Legends, the affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks, for the majority of the season. In 30 games for the Legends, Brown posted averages of 14.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks, on 64.1% shooting. His career-high in points came against the Northern Arizona Suns in February 2020, where he scored 25, to go along with 10 rebounds.

For the 2020-21 season, Brown linked up with the Oklahoma City Thunder on another two-way deal. Prior to the G League bubble, he featured 7 times for the Thunder. In those games, he averaged 3 points and 2.1 rebounds, in just 4.5 minutes played per contest.

Three games into the 2021 G League bubble, the 21-year-old surpassed his career-high in scoring, knocking down 26 points in a win against the Canton Charge. In the game, he grabbed 17 boards, for the second time in the early season. A feat that he overtook in the very next contest, as he recorded 20 rebounds against the Mad Ants.

Standing at 7-foot-2, Moses Brown more than possesses NBA size. He sweeps up everything in-and-around the rim, both on the offensive and defensive ends. If he’s not swatting shots away at an emphatic rate, at the bare minimum he’s effecting the trajectory of most opponent’s shots in his vicinity.

Alongside protecting the rim, Brown uses his size and body to clear space and grab rebounds. His persistence and aggression frequently result in offensive put-backs and second chance opportunities for his team. For a 7+ footer, he also runs the floor surprisingly well in transition.

However, it does have to be noted that Brown is still a very raw talent. He needs to fill out his frame and get stronger. While he may protect the rim well defensively, questions may be asked about his ability to guard stretch bigs on the perimeter, especially at the NBA level. That will be cleared up in time.

But all-in-all, the young 7-foot-2 center is certainly impressing in the opening stages of the G League bubble. Brown is rapidly establishing himself as one of the brightest prospects in the NBA’s minor league. When looking at his skill-set, it could very well easily transition over to the top ranks.

Oklahoma City Thunder may have another gem on their hands. Moses Brown’s progress is certainly one to keep an eye on moving forward.

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