Lorenzo Brown Picked by Minnesota Timberwolves: Scouting Report and Analysis

Jonathan Wasserman@@NBADraftWassNBA Lead WriterJune 28, 2013

Mar 22, 2013; Dayton, OH, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Lorenzo Brown (2) lays the ball in against Temple Owls guard Khalif Wyatt (1) during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at University of Dayton Arena.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

With the No. 52 pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Lorenzo Brown from North Carolina State University.

Here's everything you need to know about Brown:

Lorenzo Brown broke out as a sophomore at North Carolina State, which led to big expectations for him and the Wolfpack in 2012-13. However, neither Brown nor the team lived up to the hype.

Still, the point guard possesses many skills that make him an intriguing NBA prospect.

As a junior, Brown averaged 12.4 points, 7.2 assists and two steals per game.

Physical Tools 

Brown has an impressive set of physical tools that he effectively uses on the court. At 6'5'' with a 6'7'' wingspan, he's got the size and athleticism of a 2-guard coupled with a point guard's foot speed and quickness.

He's capable of breaking down the defense on the perimeter and finishing over interior defenders.

Check out Brown throw down a mean slam in the open floor. Point guards rarely flash the ability to hammer dunks like this:

Dribble Creativity

Brown's amazing dribbling ability creates opportunities in the half court and open floor. He can change direction on a dime while keeping the ball on a string. The point guard uses his tight handle to sneak through tiny seams in the defense and get into the lane.

Vision and Passing

Brown led the ACC in assists as a junior. He has excellent vision in the half court and on the run.

When Brown has the ball, teammates should always be aware and alert. He's able to zip a pass into a tight space within a blink of an eye.


Brown is best in the open court where he can fly down the floor without giving the defense a chance to set up.

The play below came off a made bucket. With a quick outlet pass, Brown got up the floor for a transition basket before the shot clock hit 32 seconds.

Given how effective he is in transition, Brown would be an excellent choice for an NBA team looking to push the ball.


Brown averaged 3.5 turnovers a game this past season and has shown questionable decision-making over his three-year career. He can be careless with the ball or force a pass through a closed gap.

He also shot just 26 percent from downtown as a junior, a puzzling number given that he shot 35 percent from three as a sophomore. His range, along with his pull-up jumper, will need to improve to earn playing time in the pros.

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