Dec 12, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Green Bay Phoenix forward Alec Brown (21) looks to pass as Wisconsin Badgers forward Ryan Evans (5) defends at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin defeated Green Bay 65-54. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Alec Brown selected 50th by the Suns in the 2014 NBA Draft


PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns selected center Alec Brown out of Green Bay with the 50th pick in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft.

The 7-foot-1 center averaged 15.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game during the 2013-14 season. He was named to the Horizon League first team and led Green Bay to having the best conference record before they were upset in the league tournament then losing in the first round of the NIT.

Brown is a very strong shooter and impressed at the NBA combine knocking down 18 of 25 three point shots, which tied him for first overall among all players. He ranks fifth all-time in school history with 1,678 points scored and first in school history with 309 shots blocked.

According to Synergy Sports Technology, Brown knocked down 44.7% of his spot up shots last season. That type of scoring would fit in nicely if the Suns need to replace Channing Frye’s outside shooting were he to leave in free agency.

Brown still needs to add strength and improve his rebounding and post game to be a complete NBA player, but he was selected for his shooting touch which may be an indicator of Frye’s impending situation.

Brown would potentially be a signee for the Suns’ D-League team, the Bakersfield Jam. It’s possible they could approach the situation like the Oklahoma City Thunder did with stretch forward Grant Jerrett in 2013. They didn’t sign Jerrett to a contract after taking him in the second round but had their D-League squad move up in that league’s draft to select Jerrett and then develop him in the minor leagues.

  • coachj

    The NBA should allow you to sign the player and place him in the DL without it hitting your cap unless they are moved up to your team for more than two 10-day stretches. That is what we should do with this guy and Bogi, although the idea of a Gogi-Bogi backcourt sounds cool.

    • http://www.valleyofthesuns.com Kevin Zimmerman

      Gogi-Bogi! McDonough said Bogi won’t come over for a year or two. Brown could also be a stash option, though they haven’t talked much with his agent to this point.

      Re: the Jerrett situation, they pretty much did that but had to do a lot of legwork for their D-League team to draft him. He wasn’t on cap until the end of the year, when they signed him to pretty much sit on the bench. Not sure if they needed to sign him for some reason — but they had cap freedom until that point.