— B.J. Evans (@BobcatsBballPR) July 19, 2012
Derrick Brown, a combo SF/PF that started 17 games for the Bobcats last season, has spent all three of his NBA seasons in Charlotte, and was drafted by the team in the second round of the 2009 draft has been let go by the team and now becomes and unrestricted free agent.
After this summer’s draft when the Bobcats took two SF’s (Kidd-Gilchrist & Taylor), Brown clearly became expendable. Rescinding his qualifying offer will save the Bobcats about $3 million under the salary cap.
Brown averaged 8.1 PPG and 3.7 RPG in 22.1 MPG last season- clearly the best season of his NBA career to this point. Derrick Brown has always been one of my favorite players on the Bobcats roster and usually one of the most intriguing athletes. Brown is a 6’8 combo player who is super long, can jump out of the gym and possesses above average athleticism. He always lacked a consistent jump shot and had very limited range, but last season Brown slowly started to show signs of improvement. Last season, he shot 51.8% from the field and a measly 25% from behind the arc. Brown is never going to be a guy who has great range with his jumper, but he has always been a player who can put the ball on the floor, especially going left, and get to the rim, drawing fouls. Brown struggled from the line early on in his career, shooting 53% from the stripe in ’10-’11, but he drastically improved last season pulling that average up to 67%.
It’s certainly disappointing to see Brown go. He has tons of potential and I’m certain that brighter days are ahead for him in this league. From the short time I was able to spend around Derrick, he was a locker room favorite in Charlotte. Always making guys laugh off the court and a pleasure to be around. My favorite Derrick Brown moment was last season when the Bobcats played the Heat early in the season in Charlotte. In the first half Derrick Brown was defending Lebron at the top of the key and picked his pocket when Lebron tried to cross him over. Brown sprinted to the other end and tried to throw it down, but Lebron met him at the rim and blocked the dunk attempt. I told Brown after the game that he was a twitter phenomena for all of about five minutes. He laughed and commented, “I almost got on top-10 on Lebron.”