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2006 NBA Draft Draft Tracker Draft Tracker - Round 1 Draft Tracker - Round 2 Players Positions Schools Conferences NBA Teams

Dee Brown - PG

 Dee Brown Rank: 44
 Position: Point Guard
 School: Illinois
 Conference: Big Ten
 Height, Weight: 5'11, 165
   Selected by: Utah Jazz
 Round 2, pick 16 (46 overall)
ANALYSIS: He declared for the 2005 NBA Draft, but he withdrew after breaking his foot at the Chicago pre-draft camp. On the bright side, Brown had a chance to prove his critics wrong. With former backcourt teammates Luther Head and Deron Williams in the NBA, Brown had an opportunity to prove that he could indeed play point guard. Although he averaged 5.8 assists last season, he struggled with his shot as defenses focused on him more than ever because Illinois had a far less talented team. After shooting 50 percent from the floor and 43 percent from three-point range his junior year when he helped lead Illinois to the NCAA championship game, Brown's stock had risen despite the never-ending worries about how tall he really is. But his dismal shooting his senior season, including 32 percent on his three-point attempts, only raised more doubts about him. However, there are some intangibles to Brown's game that still are very intriguing, mainly the blinding speed he possesses. Often called a one-man fastbreak, Brown has a remarkable ability to shoot, pass and dribble quite accurately even when flying down the court. When his shot is falling, he is extremely dangerous because his quickness and ability to go the basket have to be respected. He averaged 14.3 points per game his senior season. Although Brown's decision-making skills as a point guard are in question, he does have the leadership and vocal qualities to make a good floor leader. He may struggle guarding taller guards, but it will not be for lack of effort. Brown is an irritating defender averaging 1.7 steals per game in his college career. Although short, Brown is strong and his lateral quickness makes him a sound defender. Brown's explosive quickness will give him a chance of having his name called late in the second round on draft day.

2005 - 2006 Season Stats

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