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Markel Brown was one of those guys who got burned by the "tweener" projection in the draft. At 6'3" without point guard instincts or the size of a 2-guard, there isn't a natural position waiting for him to fill.
But the Brooklyn Nets went ahead and signed him anyway, a move that could give Brown an immediate opportunity.
For starters, with Deron Williams, Jarrett Jack, Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez, we could be looking at one of the least explosive lineups in the league. And few prospects, or NBA players for that matter, pack a more potent athletic punch than Brown, who tied for the highest standing vertical and max vertical at the NBA combine.
But it's more than just his hops and bounce—Brown has evolved into a fairly complete player over the years.
Despite the inefficiency tied to combo guards, he managed to shoot 47.3 percent as a senior and 52.9 percent in summer league, where he also matched his college three-point shooting mark at around 37 percent.
And though not a point guard by any means, he's improved dramatically as a passer and playmaker (averaged 2.9 assists as a senior, 3.2 assists in summer league).
Brown can fly, shoot, finish and even create a little bit off the dribble. The two inches he's lacking in height shouldn't keep him from cracking the NBA.