Anthony Brown, a 6’7” small forward who’s become a bit of a G League journeyman, has landed in Long Island.
The Long Island Nets acquired the returning player rights to Anthony Brown on Friday from the College Park Skyhawks in exchange for the same rights to Tahjere McCall, the 6’5” do-it-all swingman who had a short stay with Brooklyn as well last season. McCall had played with the Hawks in summer league.
Brown had been traded earlier in the day by the Lakeland Magic to College Park, the Hawks affiliate. Brown, in a way, becomes the first player acquired by the Nets organization that Joe Tsai formally took over Tuesday.
The Nets had interest in the now 26-year-old Brown going back to the 2015 NBA Draft, when he was a senior at Stanford. Brown earned PAC-12 Most Improved Player honors during his junior season with the Cardinals. He was taken at No. 34 by the Lakers that June.
Below is what NetsDaily wrote about his Nets workout back in June 2015.
A tough defender and 46 percent shooter from the arc, Johnson showed off a keen intelligence and maturity in interviews.
Brown, at the time, wanted a team that would give him the role of a 3-D player.
”Every team needs something different. For me, I want to be a 3-and-D guy. So just going around allows me to showcase my work with multiple teams and whichever team likes me the best, I’ll try to fit in.”
Brown has hopped around, splitting time with four NBA teams: Minnesota, Orlando, New Orleans, as well as the Lakers, playing with each of their NBA G League affiliates: Lakeland Magic, Iowa Wolves, Ernie BayHawks, and the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Brown also played overseas with KK Partizan in Serbia in 2018.
The newest Long Island Net has appeared in 103 G League games (85 starts) and recording career averages of 17.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 35.2 minutes per game in the NBA G League. During his time in the NBA, he has appeared in 41 games and has career averages of 3.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 18.6 minutes per game. He’s started 11 NBA games, all of them his rookie year with the Lakers.
McCall was one of Long Island’s most consistent players last season. He spent a total of two seasons with Long Island appearing in 70 games (50 starts) over two seasons with Long Island, averaging 10.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 27.2 minutes per game. McCall played one game for the Nets, scoring four points and grabbing a rebound vs. the Wizards in late February.