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For Markel Brown, Las Vegas provided big spark

Brooklyn Nets

There wasn't a lot to recommend about in Markel Brown's first game in the Orlando Summer League. Maybe he was nervous or trying to prove too much, but his line was positively horrid: 3 points, on 1-of-7 shooting, including 0-of-3 from downtown, five personals, five turnovers, all in 22 minutes.  Ugh.

Starting from that baseline, improvement wouldn't be difficult, but the 6'3" Brown slowly made his way back, averaging 8.3 points on 29.7 percent shooting, but 37.5 percent from deep in four games in Florida.  Then, in Las Vegas, he looked like a player who knew that as second year guy, he had to step up.

He averaged a team-high 15.8 points along with 2.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in five Summer League games in Las Vegas, improving his shooting in that league to 42.5. His three point shooting did regress to 26.3 percent.  More importantly, he assumed a leadership role and the team that went winless in Orlando was 3-2 with him playing in Las Vegas.

"This year he came out, made an impact on the game, made shots and made plays," Lionel Hollins said of Brown. "That’s how you get noticed, by coming out and helping your team win."  Clocking major minutes and play this summer will only benefit Brown moving into the regular Nets season with the team’s current roster, Hollins told the Nets website.

"You move from this step [Summer League] to the next step, which is training camp, to the next step, which is exhibition season, to finally the regular season," Hollins said. "It’s all a part of the process and I think he did well in is first part."