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Celtics Look At Pittsburgh’s Gilbert Brown

 

Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (via CSNNE) reports the Celtics are interested in undrafted free agent swingman Gilbert Brown:

Shortly after the draft ended, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge called Brown and expressed his interest in signing him to a free-agent deal. Brown said Ainge told him the Celtics had to make a decision between Brown and Purdue guard E’Twaun Moore with their second-round selection, the 55th overall in the draft. They chose Moore, but he wanted Brown to know that he was still interested.

“I’m definitely encouraged that the Celtics were interested,” Brown said Friday afternoon. “I was talking to them all day. They said it was the flip of a coin when it came time to make the pick.”

“He really encouraged me,” Brown said. “He told me I could be the Wesley Matthews of this draft. Of all the teams I worked out for, Danny was the most excited to have me in. He really feels like I can make their team and contribute the first year. He was really confident in my ability. He felt like I stood out in my workout.”

“Hands down, I was the best player at every workout I had,” Brown said. “The one workout in Phoenix had Jordan Hamilton (selected 26th by the Mavericks) and Klay Thompson (selected 11th by the Warriors). I hit all of my shots, and no one could score on me. It was one of the best displays of my ability. A lot of people only had me as a defender and an athlete coming into the draft, but at these workouts I was able to show that I could do a lot more than what I did at Pitt. I showed I was able to score the basketball, and I was able to show them that I was an even better defender than what I showed in college.”

Count Brown amongst the many Danny Ainge will be looking at to fill holes on the 2011-12 Celtics team, without sacrificing cap flexibility next summer.

Like most of them, Brown is a longshot to make the roster and a longer shot to get any rotation time if he does, but there are some pluses here. ESPN’s Chad Ford scouted him thusly pre-draft:

Positives
  • Good athlete, well rounded
  • Solid shooter with 3-point range
  • Fluid in the open court
  • Good passer, unselfish
Negatives
  • Not a prolific scorer
  • Already 23 years old

If his game translates to the pros, you can see why Ainge is interested. He can knock down threes in the halfcourt, run with Rajon Rondo and seems to have plus potential as a defender. And his negatives — a lack of long term upside given his age and limited offensive ability — aren’t major concerns for a guy whose best case is probably 10 minutes a game off the bench with a low usage rate.

Any Pitt fans/followers care to weigh in on Mr. Brown?

  • dasein

    This years Wesley Mathews? Man, wouldn't that be nice.

  • Greg deMarchi

    Love Jamie Dixon but his offense is rigid to the point of containing its own players. I saw Gilbert play often and he was smooth at times. Lacked confidence 1 on 1, but can slash to the basket and finish on the break. Average 3 point shooter. Good not great defender in college but once again Dixon keeps his kids on such a leash, it could be said Gilbert didn't get the opportunity to show his stuff. I don't think he will stick but stranger things have happened.

  • I_Love_Green

    We just need to find a Tony Allen type of guy. Someone who knows their role, won't complain, and plays lock down defense. Those guys are hard to come by these days though…

    • skeeds

      Hah, funny thing, I did some research on the guy 'cause I had no idea who he was, and the one thing I thought was, "I hope we can make a Tony Allen out of this guy". He seems to have the skillset for it.

      When the season starts, Doc (understandably) never has the time to help his rookies develop, and competing for top seed means little time on the court for them too. So, as frustrated as a lockout will make me, I think that with the bunch of "prospects" we've gathered, a 3-4 month extended boot camp will help a lot.

      • Alex

        Lockout = No Practice

        • Anonymous

          Why can't they practice if there's a lockout?

          • dslack

            Because they're locked out of team facilities.

            They can practice in their driveways if they want, but the team ceases to provide any basketball resources.

          • Anonymous

            Could the owner's give them access to the facilities if they wanted to tho?

          • Batman

            but they wouldn't. want to

          • skeeds

            seriously? that's borderline funny… I figured that they wouldn't be allowed a lot of luxuries, but no practice? damn…

          • dasein

            players would be adviced by their agents to not practice anyway. If they get injured, they wouldnt be covered by insurance presumably.

    • Renato M.

      the good thing is that he can shoot, because TA couldn't do it, even more 3s.

    • http://Celticshub.com 2011-12=#18

      True. I don’t know why Danny Ainge let Allen go. He was very important to the championship run.

  • -JP

    Sounds like a younger, non-injury prone Marquis, maybe a bit of a better defender because of his size. Def worth looking at, even if he plays for the D-League team

  • Rav

    “Hands down, I was the best player at every workout I had.”

    He seems confident, if nothing else.

    • Celtics Freak

      Or cocky…

  • Batman

    they can practice with each other though anywhere else

  • Faye

    This actually sounds pretty good. I think he’ll learn to be more of an efficient player on offense with the Celtics’ system. His length will really help him with his defense and ability to stay in front of his man. I really hope Danny isn’t just leading him on and getting his hopes up; I think he could help this team right away.

    http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Gilbert-Brown

  • http://Celticshub.com 2011-12=#18

    This guy would fill Tony Allen’s role.

  • dese

    There is a reason he was not drafted – he will play D legue ball next year and then sign a contract in some european league for 2 years – He will be an NBA bench player in 2015 with the Utah Jazz. He sucks

    • ozcelts

      "He sucks"??Based on what?

  • david

    @ ozcells. "he's good" based on what? Come on, if the guy makes it past the first cut he'll be lucky…jeeperas stop it1!!!!!!!!

  • WhyDo_iBleedGreen

    Gilbert Brown will be a good pickup, but you cannot expect him to replace/backup Paul. He is as good as the eleventh player in the rotation will be. Celtics will need to work the free agency, especially if they want to win the championship. He has potential, but he is not someone Celtics can rely on to win the championship

  • Bert

    He signed a1 year contract for former Nowitzki-Club,s.oliver wuerzburg,germany.They play in the german first league,BBL.

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