The Knicks snapped up Derrick Brown off waivers at the beginning of March, but rarely used him. He only saw 88 minutes of court time in a Knick uniform, which is much less than the 488 he saw in Charlotte. On the season, Brown had a robust ts% (58.8%) and appeared to be a strong defender, so he should have received more minutes. However it’s extremely likely that his non-existent three point shot is was kept him glued to the bench. Only once did Brown get to play more than 20 minutes in a single game. (I guess only Jared Jeffries has the wonderful intangibles that endears him to D’Antoni despite his lack offense.)
It appears that Brown has no shot to speak of, and I recall him being strictly a slasher who scored near the hoop. According to Hoopdata, an extremely high percentage (74.0%) of his shots were at the rim and he was awful between the paint and the three point line (17.0%). Even though he hit 5 of 10 three pointers in 2011, I think his career 60.6% free throw percentage is more telling of his ability to knock down an open jumper.
Given that he’ll be 24 next year, that he only made $288k last year, that he is a good defender, it seems reasonable for the Knicks to bring him back for another look. However if D’Antoni is content to leave him at the end of the bench and have his talents go to waste, then it’s best for New York to sign someone that will potentially get more use.
Report Card (5 point scale):
Final Grade: I