Brown went from an undrafted free specialist playing on two-route agreements to a vital patron with the Oklahoma City Thunder last season.
This week, neither the NBA nor the Boston Celtics can bring basketball fans back to their collective breathing.
After a week full of injuries, Chris Paul ended the COVID-19 agreement in the Western Conference Finals imminent, and Rick Carlisle may join the Celtics coaching roster, Brad Stevens became president of basketball operations for the first time.
The Celtics traded sick guard Kemba Walker, the 16th overall pick in the 2021 draft and the 2025 second-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for the Celtics fan favorite Ai El Horford, 2023 second-round pick and young center Moses Brown.
Although he is the least-known name on this list, Brown may be the person most relevant to the future of the Celtics. Considering how the 21-year-old center’s NBA career began, this seems to be a surprising development. Brown went to the NBA without being drafted by the University of California, Los Angeles, and initially struggled to find his place in the league.
Some things I’m hearing in the aftermath of the Kemba deal:
-Cs feel better about their chances of re-signing Fournier now
-This doesn’t necessarily mean Tristan Thompson’s time in Boston is over
-Moses Brown was mostly added as a salary match but will get a look
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) June 18, 2021
But his performance in rebuilding the Thunder last year made Brown an interesting young choice. He needed a better and more stable team center for the inside game last season. He even showed a glimpse of what the Celtics can do on their own.
Here is some information about the latest young big men in Boston.
He is unlikely to become a high school star.
Brown did not enter high school as infamous as Mickey Williams, Jalen Green or Brownie James.
But the sudden increase of six inches has helped change this.
In his sophomore year, his height rose from 6 feet 8 feet to 7 feet 2 feet, and he became a member of Molloy Archbishops High School in Queens, New York, and played with Cole Anthony, who is now Orlando Point guard for the Magic.
Brown received McDonald’s national honors in 2018 and completed his high school career as a five-star recruit. It attracted the interest of Kentucky, Maryland, Florida, and UCLA. This is where he went to college. The final choice.
Boston will be his fourth team in three years.
Brown performed at UCLA and played for the Pac-12 freshman team in his only college season. But he was not selected in the 2019 NBA Draft.
He watched an action game with the Houston Rockets during the 2019 Summer League, and then finally signed a rookie season two-way contract with the Portland Trail Blazers. He can barely see any movement, averaging only 3.7 minutes and 1.2 points in his nine games.
The young center renewed his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder in another two-way trade. At the beginning of the Development League season, he averaged 18.5 points, 13.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game to win the NBA before joining. The first team of the development league’s best team Thunder rebuilds full-time.
His game against the Celtics was his best game.
Brown played 42 games for the Thunder in his sophomore year and completed the first of his 32 starts on March 14. He scored his first double-double against the Chicago Bulls two days later, scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds.
But two weeks later, he saved one of his best performances for the Celtics.
The moment Brad knew he had to trade for him…welcome to Boston Moses Brown ☘️💪 pic.twitter.com/2U0uxErgAw
— mr eamon ⛷ (@TacoJayT) June 18, 2021
Brown scored a career-high 21 points in the loss to Boston and posted his current best 23 rebounds. 23 rebounds tied with Steven Adams’ team’s highest total rebounds in a game. He also set the team’s half-time rebound record, 19 times, and created the second fastest double-double in the history of the Thunder (8 minutes 11 seconds).
According to the data of Cleaning The Glass, only his last game of the season against the Los Angeles Clippers (24 points, 18 rebounds, 7 blocks) won him a higher game score.