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Bruce Brown is coming off a breakthrough season with the Denver Nuggets. The 6-4 forward had a key role coming off the bench for the team from Colorado that won the NBA championship. Brown was on the radar of many teams going into the free agency, and he decided to sign with the Indiana Pacers as soon as the NBA market opened. Brown and the Pacers agreed to a two-year, $45 million contract which will bring him significantly more money in the following season than what he earned in the previous five years in the league.
What Does Brown Bring to the Pacers?
If you speak about versatility, Bruce Brown is the definition of it. He is a 6-4, 200 pounds player that can play multiple positions. During his two years in Brooklyn, Brown was often played at center when Steve Nash wanted to play small ball with the Nets.
Given his size, Brown is listed as a small forward but his athleticism and quickness, he can guard everyone from point guards to power forwards. Brown provided excellent shooting for the Nuggets in the Playoffs making 51.1% from the field and 31.6% from deep. He was also very confident from the free-throw line converting on 85.7% of his shots in 20 Playoff games. Having 12 points and 4 rebounds per game on that level is something that made him a player that any coach in the league would like to have.
The Pacers are still in a rebuilding process and the signing of Brown is a huge step in the right direction. He would be the starting power forward for the team playing next to Tyrese Haliburton who signed a five-year contract extension with the Pacers, worth around $260 million.
The Pacers would be Brown’s fourth team in his NBA career after playing for the Pistons, Nets and Nuggets.
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