Breaking Down Troy Brown Jr. and Shake Milton’s Potential Impact

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Troy Brown Jr.’s effect on Timberwolves roster

Similar to how Shake Milton appears to be the Jaylen Nowell replacement, incoming forward Troy Brown Jr. figures to take on the bulk of power forward Taurean Prince’s minutes. Brown may not have the offensive impact of Prince but offers a steady and consistent effort that is much needed in a bench unit that lacked consistency.

Taurean Prince’s ability to stretch the floor to the corners empowered an offense that struggled with spacing. Shooting 43 percent from the corner last year, the Timberwolves sorely needed to invest in a wing that can stretch the offense to the corner. Troy Brown Jr. may not be quite as efficient from deep as Prince, but he shot 40 percent from the corners.

Where Brown will make the greatest impact is rebounding. The Timberwolves ranked in the bottom third in rebounding last year with Rudy Gobert on the roster. That speaks volumes to the roster’s wings and guards’ inability to impact the glass.

Troy Brown is a plus rebounder with a 12 percent defensive rebound rate and a 3.1 percent offensive rebound rate. He is outstanding at battling for position and boxing out his man, something that few players did effectively on the roster last year. Best of all, he is not timid about it, and is a very willing body banging player with a basketball in play.

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Overall Brown offers a steady presence in the rotation, and offers two key skillsets in corner 3 point percentage and rebounding that the Timberwolves sorely needed out of their rotation players. Look for him to become early staple in Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach Chris Finch’s rotation.