April 20, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats forward Derrick Brown (4) looks to pass the ball during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Time Warner Cable Arena. Grizzlies win 85-80. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE
Free agent forward Derrick Brown scheduled a workout with the San Antonio Spurs next week according to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com.
“Former Charlotte Bobcats small forward, Derrick Brown, is set to workout with the San Antonio Spurs next week and the Atlanta Hawks the following week, according to his agent Calvin Andrews of BDA Sports Management.”
Brown appeared in 65 games with the Bobcats last season, garnering 17 starts in the process. He averaged 8.1 points, 3.6 rebounds while shooting 51.8% from the field.
Brown would likely slide in as a small forward behind Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Jackson should he impress the Spurs brass enough. But what could potentially hold him back from succeeding in San Antonio is his limited range. He attempted 26 3-pointers the entire year — 20 came from the corner which is nice, but he only converted on 30% from the corner — and settled into a role that required him to take mid-range shots, which represented about a third of his attempts last season.
He was a small forward in theory but a power forward in practice as John Hollinger noted in his player profile (Insider).
In his favor, though, is that Brown was efficient on cuts, on the glass and in transition much like Kawhi Leonard. He was actually more efficient than Leonard in transition, on almost the same amount of possessions, as he converted on 72.3% of his transition attempts while drawing more fouls and avoiding turnovers at the same rate.