The Nets spent $1 million on draft night to buy the rights to Markel Brown from the Timberwolves. Brown played pretty well in the Orlando Summer League — he averaged 10.0 points per game on 52.9 percent shooting — and that earned him a rookie contract with the Nets for next season to see if he could develop.
Now that development has been set back.
Brown has been diagnosed with a “non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand,” the Nets announce on Monday. He will be out of training for 4-6 weeks. The injury occurred while working out at a Las Vegas facility (one where a number of players work out in the off-season).
Brown was Marcus Smart’s backcourt running mate in college. He’s got NBA athleticism for sure but is undersized for the two at the NBA level. In college he hit a lot of contested jumpers, but in the NBA he’s going to need to get more open and knock down threes at a better rate. He showed he could do enough of that at Summer League that the Nets gave him a chance.