The Knicks’ knocked down their first summer league win with a 82-80 overtime thriller against the Magic. The top scorer for New York was not a household name or even widely known around the G League.
Meet Charlie Brown Jr.
“He can play multiple positions, he can handle the ball, he can rebound and he can push the ball,” Knicks summer league coach Dice Yoshimoto said.
Standing at 6-foot-6 Brown produced an all-around game of 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks that were accompanied by 2 assists. His results in previous summer league games are very similar.
Going undrafted in 2019, Brown has been on a journeyman career, appearing in 41 NBA games with three different teams and being part of the Delaware Blue Coats G League championship run last year.
Playing for Team USA’s 3-on-3 team, which enabled him to go overseas, may result in him being on Team USA in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris if the United States qualifies. Brown was also named MVP of the 2021 FIBA Americas Championship in Miami and led his team in the scoring column during two tournaments in France.
Despite the overall success Brown has faced troubles in his career, currently as a free agent he looks to help the Knicks win in hopes of a roster spot.
“I take this opportunity to get better, do what Dice asks me to do, and things are going to work out. I try to take advantage of every opportunity I can”
The 26-year-old ranks 37th in PPG (17.3) through three games so far.