Two years ago, Elliot Williams and Lorenzo Brown were teammates on the Philadelphia 76ers. After the 2013-14 NBA season, their paths diverged, however, as they traversed the professional basketball landscape. But now they’re once again connected.
They were called up to the NBA within two hours of each other before games tipped off on Friday in Santa Cruz for Day 3 of the 2016 NBA D-League Showcase. Williams has joined the Memphis Grizzlies, while Brown is now a member of the Phoenix Suns.
It should come as no surprise that a team took a chance on Williams, as the Santa Cruz Warriors’ 6-foot-4 guard had been dominating the NBA Development League, leading all scorers at 28.1 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the field. Last year’s NBA D-League Finals MVP had also been averaging 7.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists a night, making it easy to see why he was No. 1 on the Prospect Watch rankings.
Meanwhile, Brown — who played 29 games for the Minnesota Timberwolves last year — was having plenty of success for the Grand Rapids Drive. The play-maker was No. 6 on Prospect Watch thanks to the 16.4 points, 6.1 assists, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.9 steals he was averaging this season.
Williams and Brown won’t be teammates this time around, but both have once again reached the highest level of professional basketball. They’ve both worked incredibly hard to reach this point; now they’ll have to work even harder to prove to the Grizzlies and the Suns, respectively, that they deserve to stay.
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) January 8, 2016
— #WeArePHX (@Suns) January 8, 2016