1. Bruce Brown, Denver Nuggets
Bruce Brown has emerged as one of the most important players on the Nuggets roster, as he can do it all. The guard/small forward has come off the bench every playoff game for Denver, averaging 12.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.1 steals while shooting 53.3% from the field.
While Brown is only 6’4″, he plays bigger than his height tells. Bruce Brown has a 6’9″ wingspan and is a lockdown defender. The most impressive thing about Brown is that he always wants to guard the opposing team’s best player. Every team in the league can use a player like Brown, and the Nuggets being the favorite to win the Finals is no coincidence.
Bruce Brown fits into any system, as he would flourish in Sacramento. One thing that worries me about Brown’s game is his shooting. By no means is Bruce Brown an elite shooter, as he does not try to make much of an impact on offense. But his ability to do everything else is impressive, as his lack of shooting is made up by attacking the rim with energy.
Brown is a smart player, and his basketball IQ combined with pure effort and defense makes him a great fit for the Sacramento Kings. Bruce Brown has a pending player option worth $6.8 million, but Brown has shown he is worth more than that. If the Nuggets win the Finals, Brown might be less inclined to run it back with Denver, leading to him finding a new home this offseason.