While development, not necessarily winning games, is undeniably more of a primary objective in the NBA D-League, helping a team earn more victories is usually a key indication that a player is well on their way.
Following a slow start to the season, the Grand Rapids Drive took a step in the right direction this past week. Going 2-1, the team was led throughout by none other than Lorenzo Brown. The floor general continues to prove that he's right on the cusp of breaking onto the NBA scene for good, and this week was just further evidence as to why.
Proving to be a rather masterful floor general, Brown picked defenses apart, averaging 15.3 points, 11.7 assists, and 6.3 rebounds. The fact that he's been able to find success on an individual level by making his teammates better says a lot. On the NBA level, there are already so many big-time scorers. Brown is a set-up artist, doing so in an efficient manner as well. In addition to logging that impressive double-double, he only committed 1 turnover per contest. Shooting 55%, he proved he could also be trusted to take it to the hole and penetrate against opposing defenders when teammates were in fact tied up. He does, however, do a good show of creating space and opening things up. Showing a relative tenacity and solid instincts on the defensive end, he even came up with 1.7 steals.
Brown's selfless play (in addition to his impact on the Drive's successful week) are more than enough to earn him RidiculousUpside.com's latest "Top Prospect of the Week," honors, for the period spanning from December 6th - 12th.
The reality is, not everyone is as talented as they'd like to be in the D-League. They are there for a reason. Nevertheless, Brown should be given immense credit for making such teammates look very good. It reflects upon himself rather nicely.