In what was his first full season with the Chicago Bulls, guard/forward Troy Brown Jr. left a lot to be desired. Many viewed Brown Jr. as an important Bulls’ bench piece entering the campaign, but that scenario never came to fruition. Inconsistent play on the court and in the rotation hurt his long-term outlook for him to leave his mark in Chicago.
Brown Jr. appeared in 66 games for the Bulls in 2021-22. He averaged 4.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG, and 1.0 APG. He shot 41% from the field, 35% from downtown, and played 16.0 minutes per game. The 22-year-old was wildly inconsistent on the offensive end and didn’t give head coach Billy Donovan enough on the defensive end to make him a consistent cog in the machine.
There were moments when Brown Jr. looked like a defensive wing stopper. Again, he was just too inconsistent. However, he did have a month in the season where he was a rebounding machine. He actually had a stat line that had never before been accomplished in the NBA. He posted zeros across the board in every statistical category besides rebounding, in which he had 11 boards in a February 13 game.
It sure seems the front office missed on this move by sending Daniel Gafford to Washington for Troy Brown Jr.’s services. The Chicago Bulls could have used some size in the paint when Nikola Vucevic was on the bench, especially a player like Gafford who tries to block every shot that gets near the rim. Brown Jr. could have been better and that shows in his stats.
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