Detroit Pistons 2021 NBA Draft 2nd round prospects: Michigan’s Chaundee Brown

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With the Detroit Pistons currently possessing three second round draft picks, it is time to start a recurring series of prospects the team should consider taking with one of those picks.

We start with University of Michigan wing Chaundee Brown.

I think there is a pattern of Michigan colleges having guys that slip through the cracks almost every year, because of the wealth of talent in the mitten.

From Bryn Forbes to Duncan Robinson to Kendrick Nunn, there is a pattern of guys that should have heard their name called in their respective drafts, but get overlooked for one reason or another. This year, I think, Chaundee Brown is one of these guys

Brown is listed at 6-foot-5 inches tall and weighing 215 pounds. Brown’s basic statline is not going to jump out at you. If you need to draft only guys that were full-time starters and showed more production, then you are most likely NOT going to want Brown.

The case for Chaundree Brown to be drafted by the Detroit Pistons

Brown’s stats with Wolverines: 8.0 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game, 0.6 assists per game, 1 steal per game, and 0.6 blocks per game.

His advanced states were: 61.2% True Shooting, 8.8% Total Rebounding Percentage, 5.7% Assist Percentage, 10.3% Turnover Rate, all on 18.6% Usage.

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The main reason I feel very strongly Brown is an NBA player starts with breaking down his shooting profile. This past season he shot the following:

77.1% at the rim(!!!!!), 40.5% on two-point jumpers, and 41.9% from downtown. Before anyone screams “small sample size,” this is on 170 total shot attempts this past season.

To start off, that percentage at the rim is unheard of for a guard.

This is a better percentage than guys like James Bouknight (65.8%), Jalen Suggs (64.1%), and Jaden Springer (65.4%) who are all labeled as good finishers. And if you read last post I did about Scottie Barnes, this is even better than big men like Evan Mobley, Franz Wagner, and Barnes himself.

While I understand Brown’s role was very different as he was playing off of guys like Franz Wagner, Isaiah Livers, Hunter Dickinson these percentage indicate a high-level role player who DOES NOT WASTE SHOTS. The finishing is superb, but in addition, both his mid-range and long-range percentages clear 40 percent. All of this translates into that 61.2 percent true shooting percentage—which, even as a role player it is incredibly rare to post above 60 percent.

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