October 2, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Carlon Brown (32) will play for the Denver Nuggets Summer League team. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Carlon Brown, Denver Nugget Summer League Player

During this time of free agency, I laugh at how many times the words “according to sources” is tossed around.  Something a little easier to report on than free agency is the upcoming Summer League.  My “source” for Denver Nugget summer league signings is this link followed of course by a few Google searches.  We have already learned about Jerrelle Benimon.  Now let’s learn about Carlon Brown.

Carlon Brown is listed as a 6’5″ 215 pound shooting guard.

Here are notes from his 2011-12 Colorado college team bio:

Led CU in scoring during his senior campaign with 12.6 points per game and three-pointers (43); second in assists (73); third in steals (28) and rebounds (136, 3.8 rpg.)

Shot 44.7 percent from the field (169-of-378) and 72.3 percent from the free throw line (73-of-101)



Carlon Brown played one year in the NBA D-League.  Brown averaged 11 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game and 1.9 assists per game.

Carlon Brown played last season in Israel.  Here are snippets from a great April 5th article from BasketballInsiders.com about the success Brown is having overseas.

Brown, an All-Star selection this season, is currently the league’s leading scorer with 19.6 per game on 46 percent shooting from the field and 33.3 percent from distance. He’s also grabbing 4.5 rebounds and handing out 4.6 assists a contest
“I think for me it’s my free throws right now,” Brown said when talking about what he wants to improve on. “I’m only shooting 72 71 percent, which is just not good enough at all, especially for a guard who has the ball in his hands in tough situations. Teams want to see guys who can close out games. If you can’t make shots at the line then you’re going to be sitting on the bench. I think I need to work on my free throws, bump up my 3 point percentage to around 37-38. Ideally it’s 40 but you have to take it one step at a time. If I increase my pressure on the ball defensively I think I can open some eyes for some teams so they know I can guard some of the ones and twos at the NBA level so they won’t be afraid to put me on an island. I think if I focus on those three things it’ll open some more doors for me and hopefully have some more NBA teams call in the summer time.”
Okay, I’m stuck on the fact that his free throw shooting is his weak point but I get the sense that Carlon Brown is player who wants the ball in the pressure moments of a game.  That is not something that can be taught or coached!  Over-simplifying things a bit, the personality trait to want to be in the “tough situations” is the beginnings of being a superstar.  Let’s see how he handles those situations starting on Saturday July 12 versus Toronto.


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