Our 2022-2023 player season preview series continues with Moses Brown. Brown has a non-guaranteed contract is hoping to make the team in training camp.
Weight: 245 pounds
Years in NBA: 3
Key Stats: 6.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.7 blocks in 14.1 minutes per game across 92 career games played with 55.4 FG/60.2 FT shooting splits.
Contract Status: $1,902,133, one-year non-guaranteed exhibit 10 contract.
Brown is perhaps the one training camp player who has a good chance of making the final roster – yet not much is expected out of him. He is coming to training camp fighting for the same role that Isaiah Hartenstein and Harry Giles were fighting for last season, the 15th man/backup center role.
With three years of experience in the NBA, Brown probably has the inside track at making the team over the other players signed to exhibit 10 contracts. Brown is well traveled in the NBA despite having finished up his third year. He’s suited up for the Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers.
If Brown does end up making the final roster, all that will be expected of him is to be able to give Ivica Zubac a breather now and then. Given Tyronn Lue’s affinity for playing small-ball, it’s likely someone else sees the majority of the backup center minutes with Brown playing spot minutes depending on matchups. His skill set is far different than Hartenstein’s and thus isn’t as necessary/playable.
One skill that Brown has shown despite limited playing time is rebounding. His big and long and he’s used that to his advantage going back to his lone year in college at UCLA, where he became the first freshman in school history to record consecutive double-doubles in his first three games.
During the 2020-21 season while Brown was in Oklahoma City, he had his best season as a pro, averaging 8.9 rebounds per game to go along with 8.6 points while playing 21.4 minutes over the course of 43 games including 32 starts. He had a game that season where he put up 21 points and 23 rebounds. Editor’s Note: Of course, the Thunder were tanking, so that team was awful and not trying to win.
Brown has also been a solid finisher at the rim. His offensive rebounding ability gives him put-back opportunities and he has been a good lob finisher. Defensively, Brown has shown the ability to be a shot blocker in the paint.
Despite limited playing time, Moses Brown has also shown he has some key weaknesses which could really put a ceiling his potential playing time with the 2023 Clippers. Offensively, he doesn’t really have much outside of finishing lobs and cleaning up around the rim on the offensive glass. He isn’t a player that can have the ball thrown in to him and be trusted to get a bucket. He doesn’t have range to be able space the floor either from midrange or the three-point line.
Although Brown is a decent enough shot blocker in the paint, he isn’t much of an on-ball defender. He sometimes finds himself out of position and unaware on that end.
It’s clear that Brown still has some untapped potential as an NBA player. He has some skills that could really help the Clippers. But he also has some glaring holes in his game that need to be shored up in order for him to really establish himself as a legitimate NBA rotation player. He’s done well in the G League, but if he wants to earn a spot on this team and actually get quality playing time, he’ll need to expand his offensive game as well as become more aware defensively.