Washington Wizards: 3 Goals for Troy Brown Jr. next season

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Goal #1: Earn Some Trust

Last but not least. Troy Brown Jr. must continue to earn the trust of the coaching staff coming into his third year. Brown did see his playing time increase by about 12 minutes per game this season. However, he still didn’t play that many meaningful minutes down the stretch. This upcoming season, TBJ needs to prove to the coaching staff that he deserves to be on the court when it really matters. If he’s playing during crunch time in the fourth quarter, then that would affirm the staff’s belief in him.

Just because he hasn’t fully blossomed in two seasons is no reason to give up on Brown. A lot of young players start to turn the corner in their third season. The Wizards are hoping this rings true for Troy Brown Jr. as well. The good thing for him is that he’s still extremely young. At only 21 years old, he’s younger than 2019 first-round pick Rui Hachimura (22 years old) and his fellow 2018 draft classmate, Jerome Robinson (23 years old). There’s still a ton of time left for him to grow and improve as a player.

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Troy Brown Jr. needs to continue to be a student of the game. Even though he’s only been in the NBA for two years, his basketball IQ is already very high. The Wizards felt confident letting him run point guard in Orlando because he sets a nice pace and has good control of the game. But will they still trust him when John Wall and Bradley Beal, both of whom were not in the bubble, return to the court?

If we see Brown’s minutes creeping closer to 30 per game, we’ll know the coaches have started trusting him. But he’ll need to be more aggressive and more consistent if that’s going to happen. If it does, things will only get better for Troy Brown Jr.