MISSISSAGUA, Ont. — To say Lorenzo Brown has had a breakout season would be an understatement.
Earning the NBA G League MVP award was just one notch on his belt for his outstanding season in both the NBA and the G League.
The Toronto Raptors two-way player has bounced around in the NBA G League and the NBA since being drafted in 2013, but being able to play with both the Raptors 905 and the Toronto Raptors has helped his development tremendously.
“It’s always hard playing with two different groups and having a hectic schedule between the two,” said Brown. “But the whole organization brings such a great vibe to you, wanting to help you get even better every day.”
The North Carolina State product ranked second in the NBA G League in assists (8.9 per game) during the regular season, and averaged a team-high 18.8 points in 32 contests.
During the NBA G League Playoffs, Brown turned on the jets even more, averaging 22.5 points, 7.5 assists and 6.0 rebounds in four games.
Though most of his great play has come at the G League level, he was called upon to step into a role with Toronto while Kyle Lowry was injured earlier in the season. Brown said he’s learned so much from being with the Raptors, which has translated to his leadership and play with the 905.
“Those guys with the Raptors, between guys like DeMar (DeRozan) and Kyle (Lowry) they’re always in the gym, working on their game late at night,” said Brown. “That rubbed off on me and my approach a lot this year.”
Fellow two-way player Malcolm Miller, who also had an opportunity with both teams this season, has been around Brown in both settings.
Miller said Brown’s best ability is as leading by example, as he’s always “ready to make a play,” when called upon.
“I feel like he’s aggressive and always ready to make the right play,” said Miller. “That’s something that transfers at all levels of basketball, whether it’s the G League or NBA. That’s helped us down here, and really helps the Raptors up top.”
After averaging the most points per game of his career (23.6) last season in just 11 games with the Grand Rapids Drive, Brown had his most consistent and well-rounded year of his career at the G League level, while also seeing time in 12 NBA games with the Raptors.
Brown, who has helped lead the Raptors 905 to a second-straight NBA G League Finals, takes home the MVP trophy today but will look to force a Game 3 in the best-of-3 Finals series later tonight at the Hershey Centre.