On Friday afternoon, ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reported that the Dallas Mavericks signed former UCF forward Chad Brown to an Exhibit 10 contract. Although he might have a moment to see his name on an NBA jersey, that stint with the squad will be limited as all 30 NBA teams will need to trim their rosters down to 15 players by next Monday. After those cuts occur, prospects like the UCF alum will have a few days to relax before making the trek out to wherever that NBA team’s G League affiliate may be.
For Brown, that destination will be in Frisco as a member of the Texas Legends. Currently, it’s unclear how big of a role he’s going to have within the team’s rotation as former Mississippi State center Aric Holman stands as the lone front-court player that will likely join the team. That will change over the next week as the team will fill out their roster with returning players, tryout participants, and guys selected in the upcoming G League draft.
Although his position within the team’s rotation has yet to be determined, the qualities he’s going to bring to the Legends are clear. During his four year run at UCF, Brown stood out as a 6’9, 245 pound big that can make an impact on both ends of the floor, mostly due to the tremendous effort that he brings whenever he steps on the court.
His passion allowed the 6’10 forward to be a great 2nd unit weapon for the Golden Knights as he averaged 4.5 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 block per game on 52% from the field in 17 minutes per game during his senior season. That playing time was limited due to the presence of a certain 7’6 giant known as Tacko Fall.
While his standard numbers don’t look that great, he starts to become a more intriguing player when you try to measure his game using other methods. For example, he averaged 9.4 points, 10.4 rebounds (3 offensive), and 2.1 blocks per 36 minutes. Those numbers were good enough to allow him to finish fifth in the American Athletic Conference (AAC) in both blocks and rebounds.
Brown’s constant hustle were the keys behind that solid production. As a rebounder, he does an excellent job of using his sturdy 245-pound frame to out-muscle any foe he meets to collect rebounds. Meanwhile, quick feet, hustle, and a long 6’7 wingspan were the keys behind him being one of the best shot blockers in the AAC.
While the start of his pro career with Texas has yet to begin, folks within the organization already having nothing but kind things to say about the former UCF big. “Chad can affect the game in many ways,” Legends head coach George Galanopoulos recently told Ridiculous Upside. “His ability to run the floor, rebound, defend, and protect the rim will translate seamlessly to this level. Most importantly, his energy, work ethic, IQ, and his passion for playing the game and being a great teammate are things that we covet here with the Legends, and we’re very excited to have him with us.”
Despite that type of production being enough for the Mavericks to give him an Exhibit 10 deal, the 6’10 big still wants more as he transitions into his pro career. Throughout this off-season, he’s been working on improving his ball-handling and mid-range jumper. As Brown said to Ridiculous Upside, that grind is meant to expand his game further and become a better offensive weapon.
While we’ll still have to wait until the G League season starts to determine whether that hard work will lead to Brown being a more well-rounded offensive player, there’s a reason to remain optimistic about his potential growth. Even if it takes a while for those newly refined tools to be added to his arsenal, the UCF alum should still be a great rotation piece for the Texas Legends due to his tools as a rebounder and rim protector.