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Moses Brown has burst onto the NBA scene in recent weeks, shocking fans league wide with ferocious jams, breakout speed, and bully-ball like tactics on the board — but his emergence didn’t come out of nowhere.
Brown dominated the G-League circuit in February, overpowering defenders throughout his stay in Orlando to become one of the league’s biggest faces over the year.
Brown’s heroic efforts did not go unnoticed as the 21-year-old received All-G-League First Team honors in addition to making the All-Defensive Team.
Moses Brown took the cake at center spot all-season long, ultimately reigning as an untouchable at the position.
As aforementioned in the Oklahoma City Blue’s tweet, Moses Brown posted averaged of 18.9 points, 13.9 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks a game off 26.4 minutes. The big man competed in all but one contest for the Blue, playing 14-of-15 games for the franchise.
Brown was at his pinnacle in the first two weeks of the season, leading the Blue to a then league-best 7-1 record coming fresh off of Player of the Week Honors. Undoubtedly, Brown was in the MVP conversation.
Brown continued to play at a high level in following weeks, but as the big man looked more-and-more unstoppable, the more he saw two-to-three guys flying his way every possession.
Under Head Coach Grant Gibbs, the offense almost flowed through Brown, and with his circulation cut off, the Blue dropped 6 of their last 7 games, missing the playoffs off at 8-7 in inexplicable fashion.
The 7-foot-2 phenom ended his year atop the class regarded as the league’s top rebounder (13.7 RPG,) reaching a godly 6.0 average on the offensive front — second place only corralled 4.9 per contest. Brown’s pristine work creating second efforts touted him first in second chance points with 7.4 and first in Offensive Rebound Percentage (ORP) at 18.3%, three whole percentage points over second place — Brown’s apprentice Omer Yurtseven.
It is fair to say Brown gained much needed confidence from Orlando, elevating to the big stage seamlessly with averages of 10.3 points, 10.7 rebounds (4.6 offensive), 1.7 blocks, and a franchise record since his return.