DEE Brown stressed that making it to the world’s biggest stage of basketball is more than just about producing eye-popping numbers on the court.
The retired NBA player and now scout for the Los Angeles Clippers gave a quick rundown of the off-court qualities he looks for in a NBA hopeful.
“You look at what kind of teammates they are, what kind of workers they are,” Brown said in a short talk with scribes on Monday at the NBA Café Manila in SM Aura.
“If you look at the stats sheet and a guy had twenty points and ten rebounds, he had a good game. But was it a selfish twenty points or was he a good teammate doing it?” he continued. “Was he cheering when other guys scored? Those things when you’re a scout, you got to kind of look at all the facets of a player and see if he’s right for your organization and your franchise.”
The 6-foot-1 former Slam Dunk Contest champion, in town to promote NBA Fit, stressed scouts take into account the skillset and not a specific ability.
“Is he a shooter or a defender or can he do both?” Brown asked. “Is he a great passer? If they got a left hand, if they can shoot off the bounce, or what drills and skills they can do.”
“But now, I got to look at the total player and not just on the court,” he was quick to add. “How does he interact with diversity? How do they work out before the games?”
“It’s just different things that you see that maybe that stat sheet doesn’t show,” added the 47-year-old NBA great, who has been coaching since he retired in 2002.
Brown, who served as an assistant coach and director of player development for Detroit, Sacramento, and Denver before joining the Clippers staff, said it doesn’t take long to see if one can play ball in the NBA.
“Being a player development guy, I can tell in fifteen minutes if a guy can play or not,” he said.