3. Greg Brown III
Greg Brown II admittedly looked a little sporadic in his first preseason game in Dallas. The former Texas Longhorn struggled to defend Minnesota’s bigs, but it definitely didn’t help that he was playing a little bit out of position at center due to him primarily being featured in lineups with the Mavs’ two way and Exhibit 10 guys where he was the only player above 6-foot-6 on the court for the Mavs when he was playing.
Brown III battled as much as he could against the likes of Luka Garza and Naz Reid, but he’s better suited playing on the wing. He did however play much better defensively in the Mavericks' second preseason game versus Minnesota, using his length and athleticism to disrupt attempts at the rim and outside, whilst also getting a tough and-one layup and two-handed dunk over Leonard Miller.
In an exclusive interview with The Smoking Cuban, Brown III talked about what sort of intangibles he’ll need to have if he hopes to make the Mavs’ final roster as well as how he thinks he can fit in playing alongside Luka Doncic and company.
At 6-foot-8, Brown III is an uber-athletic forward with great length. Idealistically, he would be the guy that breaks through to earn the Mavericks' final two-way roster spot, but that’s betting on the fact that he starts banking in on some of his potential.
Brown III has been riddled by inconsistent 3-point shooting throughout his first two seasons in the league with the Portland Trailblazers, and will also need to make more of a mark as a cutter and short roller in the final few preseason games if he wishes to grab the Mavs last two-way roster spot. Brown III may have the most potential on this list, but our next candidate has cemented a greater track record in Dallas so far.