2014 NBA Draft: Brooklyn Nets Get Explosive Athlete in Markel Brown

By Eddie Santiago

The Brooklyn Nets purchased the 44th pick overall from the Minnesota Timberwolves and drafted Markel Brown out of Oklahoma State. Brown is a superb athlete to say the least.

Brown is an older player as a senior guard who is 22 years old. He’s 6-foot-3, can shoot and is athletic which is something the Nets need badly. They aren’t very young or athletic at their present state.

Brown was a productive player at Oklahoma State, and some say he was a more reliable player than star guard Marcus Smart. Brown averaged 17.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game last year. He was very efficient as well, shooting 47.3 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from the three-point arc.

Brown has the talent to be a player in the league. He was Mr. Basketball in the state of Louisiana, and at times he can take over games and be a driving force. Some positives that the Nets can be happy about with drafting Brown is his elite athleticism. He’s an explosive leaper who had a 43.5-inch vertical at the NBA Draft Combine. He also has a long wingspan and is a good rebounder for his size.

There are a few negatives with him. At 22 years old, it is unknown how much he can actually develop. He’s undersized at only 6-foot-3 for a shooting guard and at times can be a streaky shooter from three-point range.

Brown can be like a mini Mason Plumlee, which should get Nets fans pretty excited with the way Plumlee played last season. Brown is an excellent mid-range shooter and solid individual defender. He’ll be able to provide depth behind Deron Williams and Joe Johnson.

Eddie Santiago is a Brooklyn Nets writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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