The Sixers acquired Lorenzo Brown back on November 20th of 2013. Since then, he has been sent down to the D-League and called back up to the Sixers a number of times. He fits the mold of a Hinkie/Brown type of player; a prototypical 6-5 long, combo guard. But, he is a project, which explains his back and forth between the NBA and D-League this season. In the D-League, he seems to have major success but when he gets called back up and gets playing time with the Sixers, albeit being mainly garbage time, he piddles in his pants.
So what is it that Hinkie and Brown see in him? Well, let’s take a look.
In the D-League, Lorenzo Brown has incredible averages (although in a small six game sample size.) LoZo is averaging a whopping 18.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists (3.5 turnovers), 1.2 steals and has a PER of 18.8. Brown is shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 45 percent from three and 75 percent from the charity stripe.
Where have we seen these types of numbers before?
Can someone tell me who averages 17.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 7.0 assists. With a PER of 18.4 along with 3.4 turnovers, 2.8 steals. While also shooting 43 percent from the field, 28 percent from three and 71 percent from the line?
It is no other than our Sixers savior (only half-kidding), Michael Carter-Williams.
LoZo Brown’s numbers in the D-League have been similar, if not mirror-images, of MCW’s numbers in the NBA.
So maybe this is why Hinkie wants to keep Lorenzo Brown around. Maybe he sees another MCW or Tony Wroten, long-athletic point guard type of player. He was a very exciting player at an underachieving NC State, but he was definitely a spotlight during his career there.
My guess is, he is another Hinkie “build-a-bear” player. Hinkie wants to strip him down and make him into his own creation (with a cute vest, sweet hat and dope trousers to go a long). Hinkie and Brown both have spoke highly of him and it shows they like him by playing him in 15 games at 11 minutes per.
Lorenzo will probably see more D-League stints this year, as he was just called back down to the Sevens earlier today, so they can get him playing time. He is averaging 37.2 MPG in the NBA Development League and that is a trend that will likely keep occurring. It is obvious they want him to get PT to grow into an NBA player. It can’t hurt, right?