Title: Lorenzo Brown is playing two drastically different roles with the Raptors and Raptors 905
Date: December 15, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote Lorenzo Brown about having the lowest usage rate in the NBA and nearly the highest in the G League, and how he switches between those two roles.
Late in the second quarter in Wednesday’s game against the Phoenix Suns, Raptors head coach Dwane Casey called on Lorenzo Brown. The majority of the team’s reserves had been struggling, so when OG Anunoby picked up his third foul of the half, Brown got the nod. The same thing happened Monday, too, when multiple bench pieces ran into foul trouble.
In each case, Brown played just a shade more than two minutes. These are not glamorous cameos, being at best a tertiary backcourt option alongside Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan with little room to make any sort of major impact. For a player on a two-way contract, though, even playing an 11th-man role and providing spot duty has to be looked at as an opportunity. Those two minutes of competitive action are better than half a quarter (or 29 seconds) of garbage time, and because a lot won’t be asked of him, he can focus on changing the tone of the game.
“It’s fun, man. It’s a good opportunity for me to get in, get involved in the game, and get my feet wet. It’s been pretty cool,” Brown says. “Just another burst of energy. Bring something different to the table. Sometimes we might be playing with our feet in the mud, so I come off the bench and give another burst of energy.”