LAS VEGAS — Alec Brown’s final 2014 NBA Summer League game came to an abrupt and painful end Friday afternoon when the Winona native and Phoenix Suns second-round draft pick left a game against the Dallas Mavericks with a separated left shoulder.
Brown, who was selected with the 50th pick in last month’s NBA draft after a record-setting four-year career at UW-Green Bay, injured his shoulder diving for a loose ball in the first minute of the Suns’ 88-62 loss to the Mavericks at Cox Pavillion.
It came not long after Brown, starting in a summer league game for the first time, drilled a 3-pointer on the Suns’ first possession. The 7-foot-1 forward, who hopes to make his mark in the NBA as a “stretch four” — a post player who can extend defenses with his outside shooting ability — was starting to shoot the ball better after missing his first 11 shots in game competition.
Brown should make a full recovery from the injury in 3-5 weeks.
Friday could have been the best chance for Brown to showcase what he can do. He was the Suns’ only player taller than 6-foot-8 active for the game.
You have free articles remaining.
Instead, he had to watch most of the game with his arm in a sling.
Brown played most of his senior season at UW-Green Bay with a left shoulder injury. He still managed to average 15.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game to help the Phoenix win the Horizon League title. He made 42 percent of his 3-pointers.
In five NBA Summer League games, Brown scored 14 points with seven rebounds and four blocked shots. He was 2-for-9 on 3-pointers.
Brown will get another chance to prove he’s ready for NBA play during the Suns’ fall training camp. If he doesn’t make the final roster — as a second-round pick, Brown does not have a guaranteed contract — he could get seasoning in the NBA D-League or play in Europe.
The Arizona Republic reported Brown is drawing interest from a team in Spain.