Moses Brown once played for the Texas Legends in the NBA G League, but following his 2020-21 season, he made it know he never wants to go back.
The Dallas Mavericks introduced Brown to local Dallas media on Friday morning. The team acquired him in an earlier offseason trade that sent former Mavericks guard Josh Richardson to the Boston Celtics. And though Brown may have some G League experience, he wants everyone to know that he is here in Dallas to produce at a high level.
“Huge shout out to the Texas Legends for helping me start my development,” Brown said. “I have a lot of [21-point, 23-rebound games] left in me. And I am excited to be in Dallas.”
Brown’s trade to Dallas serves as the Mavericks’ attempt to secure the paint presence that the team lacked throughout the 2020-21 season.
At 7-foot-2, Brown has size, but he also remains extremely mobile for a player his height. Through 43 games played last season, he averaged 8.6 points and 8.9 rebounds. However, his impact on the game was far bigger than his raw counting stats may indicate.
With Brown on the floor, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s offensive rebound percentage rose 9.2 percent. There was also a rise in defensive rebound percentage and total rebound percentage for the Thunder when Brown maned the middle of the paint.
His effective rebounding and interior game led to some gaudy performances throughout the season. There was his 20-point, 16-rebound and five-block performance against the Chicago Bulls in March. He scored 21 points and grabbed 23 rebounds against the Celtics in that same month. And in the Thunder’s final game of the season against the Los Angeles Clippers, he scored 24 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked seven shots.
All Dallas is asking him is to do more of what he’s already good at – rebound and block shots.
“As much as we’ll talk about offense, to win championships you got to play defense. These guys check the box when it comes to playing defense,” Kidd said.
What is interesting about Brown is his commitment to getting better. Brown’s background in the G League has played a factor in his development at every step of his career. And he knows how hard a player has to work just to crack the rotation when not elevated to the mold of franchise savior on draft night. That was his story. Yet, here he is, poised to play a large role in what Dallas aims to do in the coming season.
It’s that excitement and love of the game that has Dallas’ general manager Nico Harrison excited about just how good Brown can be.
“I watched him improve overnight,” Harrison said. “The way he’s been working out is really amazing.”
Dallas needed a center heading into this offseason following the NBA Playoff loss to the Clippers. The organization didn’t have the wiggle room to bring in a household name, but they walked away with one of the more underrated rotational centers in the league. And with Brown only being 21-years-old, the sky’s the limit on his potential.
“I want to thank the city of Dallas as well as the front office for bringing me and making me feel as comfortable as I am so far,” Browns said. “I want to thank the coaches for allowing me to get into the gym and continue to work on my craft during the summer. [I am] coming into the season as best as I possibly can to help contribute to winning a title.”
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