With his first NBA season just ahead of him, former Oregon forward Troy Brown Jr. is getting his first taste of the pros and so far he looks to be settling in comfortably.
On Friday Brown played fairly well in the Washington Wizard’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, tallying 13 points and 4 rebounds, and Sunday he kicked it into another gear against the San Antonio Spurs with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 steals.
Brown’s first-round draft status in June was mainly a result of scouts and coaches seeing a strong potential upside for the young forward rather than superstardom while at Oregon. Sunday was an example, as the 21 points Brown totaled were his career high during his time with Oregon.
Over in the Western Conference and already with a full NBA season (complete with a Finals run and an NBA championship) under his belt, former Oregon staple Jordan Bell continues to hone his craft with the defending champion Warriors. Again embracing his junkyard dog role, Bell compiled 11 rebounds and 2 blocks to compliment his 6 points in the Warriors’ win over the LA Clippers. Bell followed that up with 5 rebounds and 2 more blocks in Sunday’s loss to the Houston Rockets.
Joining Bell on Golden State’s summer league roster is former Oregon sharpshooter Elijah Brown, fresh off his last year of college ball. Brown didn’t score in Friday’s victory but added 5 points and 5 rebounds in Sunday’s loss.
Involved in an organization currently experiencing one of the more dominant stretches in recent NBA history is a privilege and a treat for former Ducks Bell, Brown, and Chris Boucher as the Warriors, fresh off 3 titles in the last 4 seasons, added dominant big man DeMarcus Cousins to the fold recently. When asked whether the juggernaut Warriors were becoming so good it was hurting the NBA as a whole, Bell simply shrugged and pointed out that star players Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green all could have easily been drafted higher than they were, yet Golden State were the ones that welcomed them in. Bell experienced a similar scenario last summer as he was picked up later than some expected in the draft by the Chicago Bulls then traded to the Warriors where he found himself seeing significant floor time for a team so loaded and even played during clutch stretches in the playoffs.
Last but not least is former Oregon swingman and Mr. March himself Tyler Dorsey, who notched 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Atlanta Hawks in Saturday’s loss to the New York Knicks. Dorsey, like Bell, already has his first NBA season out of the way as he was able to find significant playing time for the struggling Hawks and proved he belonged in the pros with averages of 7 points and 2 rebounds a game while shooting 36% from the 3-point line.