One man, many roles
Due to a rapidly transforming Lakers roster, Brown was often called upon to fill in the rotation with a player who could compete at a number of positions effectively on the basketball court. While the Minnesota Timberwolves turned to veteran forward Kyle Anderson to make up the difference on the Timberwolves roster, that player was Troy Brown Jr. for Los Angeles.
"“We have a few guys who are Swiss army knives. They play in that two-four position and they’re able to do a little of everything from different areas of the rotation. And Troy, he’s at the top of that list.” – as per Lakers HC Ham."
It was that challenge of contributing in so many ways to the team that allowed the Lakers to put together a nice playoff run to close out the 2022-23 NBA season. And it was Brown who often stood up for the Lakers on defense in those must-win contests.
A Wolf in a Lakers jersey
Keep in mind that Lakers SF Troy Brown Jr. is already quite versed in playing alongside Timberwolves players. Well, former Timberwolves players, that is. He started the 2022-23 NBA season by playing with former Timberwolves PG Patrick Beverley. And by the 2023 NBA Trade Deadline, he lost PatBev as a teammate but picked up a new trio of former Timberwolves players in SG Malik Beasley, PF Jarred Vanderbilt, and PG D’Angelo Russell.
And with each new wave of players, Troy Brown Jr. was forced to change his game, fill in the new needs of a reassembled roster, and be every bit as effective in the process. And as you will see, he answered that challenge each time with his best effort. Clearly, it seemed to pan out, as the Lakers were one of the biggest surprises in the 2023 NBA Playoffs.