Sterling Brown (basketball)

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Sterling Brown
Sterling Brown 2018c.jpg
Brown with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2018
Houston Rockets
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1995-02-10) February 10, 1995 (age 27)
Maywood, Illinois, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight219 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High schoolProviso East (Maywood, Illinois)
CollegeSMU (2013–2017)
NBA draft2017 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career2017–present
Career history
20172020Milwaukee Bucks
2017–2018Wisconsin Herd
2020–2021Houston Rockets
2021–2022Dallas Mavericks
2022–presentHouston Rockets
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-AAC (2017)
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Sterling Damarco Brown (born February 10, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Southern Methodist University (SMU) from 2013 to 2017. As a senior, he earned second-team all-conference honors in the American Athletic Conference (AAC). Brown was drafted 46th overall in the 2017 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.

High school and college career

Brown in the 2013 IHSA consolation game

Brown is the son of Chris Brown who was a police officer in the Chicago metropolitan area for 30 years in Maywood, Illinois.[1] Brown played high school basketball at Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois. Playing for coach Donnie Boyce, he led the Pirates to a state runner-up finish in 2012 and a state semi-final appearance in 2013, losing both times to the Jabari Parker-led Simeon Career Academy.[2][3] Brown ultimately selected SMU and coach Larry Brown over Miami, Tennessee and Xavier.[4]

Brown and the Mustang class of 2017 endured three years of adversity as they missed the NCAA Tournament in his freshman season. The following season, they were upset in the first round of the Tournament. In his junior year, SMU served an NCAA probation in 2015–16.[5] In his senior season, Brown averaged 13.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Along with Semi Ojeleye he led the Mustangs to a 30–5 record and regular-season and Tournament American Athletic Conference championships. At the close of the season, Brown was named second-team All-conference.[6] Brown finished his Mustang career as the school's all-time leader in wins.[5]

Professional career

Milwaukee Bucks (2017–2020)

Following the close of his college career, Brown raised his profile by appearing in the NABC College All-Star game and attended the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. He was considered a potential second-round prospect for the 2017 NBA draft.[7][8] Brown was drafted in the second round with the 46th pick of the 2017 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. On July 6, 2017, his draft rights were traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for cash considerations.[9] Brown appeared in his first NBA game on October 20, 2017, against the Cleveland Cavaliers, posting three points in six minutes in Milwaukee's second game of the season.[10] On November 3, 2018, Brown was assigned to the Wisconsin Herd.[11] In his first game of the 2018–19 season, he scored 22 points on 10-of-17 from the field.[12] When Malcolm Brogdon was unavailable on January 20, 2018, against Philadelphia, Brown started and scored 14 points.[13] He posted a season-high 15 points on March 7, against the Houston Rockets.[14]

On January 26, 2018, Brown was tased and arrested inappropriately according to the Milwaukee Police Department Police Chief Alfonso Morales the following May.[15] Brown brought suit in June 2018 after the May release of bodycam footage and alleges racial profiling occurred in the administration of a parking ticket at a Walgreens parking lot.[16] After the incident an investigation was launched which resulted in 8 officers disciplined, with 3 of them suspended and 1 officer terminated.[16]

In October 2019, Brown rejected a $400,000 settlement offer from the Milwaukee City Council.[1] The high settlement offer was a legal maneuver intended to take advantage of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 68. Under Rule 68 Sterling is responsible for the city's legal fees and incurred expenses if he losses the case or wins damages less than $400,000.[16] Brown expressed that he rejected the offer in part due to his ability and sense of responsibility to use his platform as an NBA player to raise awareness.[17] Brown's attorney, Mark Thomsen, condemned the settlement offer, saying it was the city's attempt to save face instead of admitting wrong doing. November 27, 2019, court filings indicate that a federal civil rights lawsuit is proceeding to trial.[18]

On March 31, 2019, Brown posted a career-high 27 points, including a go-ahead layup with 1.1 seconds remaining in overtime against the Atlanta Hawks.[19]

Houston Rockets (2020–2021)

On November 26, 2020, Brown signed with the Houston Rockets.[20]

On April 18, 2021, Brown suffered serious facial injuries during a fight outside of a Miami night club.[21]

Dallas Mavericks (2021–2022)

Brown signed a deal with the Dallas Mavericks on August 10, 2021.[22] He made his debut on October 21, 2021, in a 87–113 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, scoring three points.[23]

Return to Houston (2022–present)

On June 24, 2022, Brown was traded, alongside Boban Marjanović, Trey Burke, Marquese Chriss and the draft rights to Wendell Moore, to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Christian Wood.[24]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Milwaukee 54 4 14.4 .400 .352 .875 2.6 .5 .6 .2 4.0
2018–19 Milwaukee 58 7 17.8 .465 .361 .690 3.2 1.4 .4 .1 6.4
2019–20 Milwaukee 52 1 14.8 .371 .324 .800 3.5 1.0 .6 .1 5.1
2020–21 Houston 51 14 24.1 .448 .423 .806 4.4 1.4 .8 .2 8.2
2021–22 Dallas 49 3 12.8 .381 .304 .933 3.0 .7 .3 .1 3.3
Career 264 29 16.8 .420 .364 .796 3.3 1.0 .5 .2 5.4

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018 Milwaukee 3 0 4.3 .600 .333 .7 .0 .3 .0 2.3
2019 Milwaukee 11 5 14.7 .395 .333 .727 2.7 1.7 .5 .3 4.1
2020 Milwaukee 1 0 4.0 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2022 Dallas 9 0 2.9 .300 .000 .714 .9 .3 .4 .2 1.2
Career 24 5 8.5 .389 .276 .722 1.7 .9 .5 .2 2.6

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 SMU 37 26 19.4 .469 .362 .571 3.8 1.1 .7 .3 4.4
2014–15 SMU 34 17 23.9 .525 .444 .784 4.6 2.1 .9 .2 5.2
2015–16 SMU 30 29 27.2 .602 .536 .857 4.4 2.6 1.1 .4 10.1
2016–17 SMU 35 34 32.7 .459 .449 .791 6.5 3.0 1.4 .5 13.4
Career 136 106 25.7 .504 .451 .770 4.8 2.2 1.0 .4 8.2

2018 Milwaukee police incident

On January 26, 2018, at 2 am, Brown was approached by a Milwaukee police officer because his car was straddling two handicapped parking spaces. This occurred in a nearly empty Walgreens parking lot on the south end of the city, the intersection of South 27th street and National Ave. After Brown interacted with the officer, who requested backup, a number of officers arrived on scene. Several minutes after the first officer began talking with Brown, an officer yelled at Brown to remove his hands from the pockets of his hoodie.[25][26] Brown responded, "I’ve got stuff in my hands".[26] He was subsequently tackled to the ground and tased. Brown was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, but the case was not referred to prosecutors after an internal review.[27][25]

Four months later, the Milwaukee Police Department released the approximately 30-minute video taken by police body camera. After negative public reaction, the Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales indicated that the officers had been disciplined for acting "inappropriately".[27] Brown called the incident "an attempt at police intimidation, followed by the unlawful use of physical force."[28]

On May 4 in a 14–0 vote, the City of Milwaukee Common Council approved a $750k settlement with Sterling Brown over the 2018 incident with police. Although the settlement contained no admission of constitutional rights violations, it did contain an apology and recognition of an unnecessary escalation despite Mr. Brown's calm behavior. Officers involved in the action have been suspended, reassigned, and others required to undergo retraining. Moreover, the settlement called for a change in police tactics and institutes a set of anti-racist policing policies and procedures that discipline officers for violating civil and human rights. The settlement also includes a new requirement that officers log every event in which an officer draws a gun.

Personal life

Sterling Brown is the younger brother of two-time NBA champion Shannon Brown.[4]

References

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