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In the name of “roster exploration” Mark Daigneault and company have continuously tested the boundaries of the Thunder roster all season long– that statement still remains with nine games remaining.
As per Mark Daigneault, Charlie Brown Jr. will be making his first career start tonight versus the Indiana Pacers.
Brown Jr. has been given the go-ahead to start in efforts to get a 48-minute view of the forward for the first time as leading into tonight, the 24-year-old had logged 21 minutes in two games.
The grand stage for Brown Jr. arose as of late Friday night when Lu Dort had been ruled out of the contest for a “hip strain” in yet another occurrence of the sophomore being pulled after a small spurt of games.
In his two appearances with the Thunder, Brown Jr. has shown hints of potential averaging 3.5 points, 1.0 rebounds, 0.5 blocks, and 1.0 steal in the course of 10.5 minutes. Brown Jr.’s biggest trait thus far stands in the defensive side of the ball in which he stripped two steals in his debut, showing off cat-like reflexes to stay in front of his man, and easily jar the ball free.
Brown Jr. has been on the radar of the Thunder since the start of his professional career, even placing a pre-draft workout with the squad before being acquired last Sunday. Brown Jr.’s 10-day contract will expire Wednesday, so for both parties — this opportunity should be a major plus.