The Dallas Mavericks picked up an impressive win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night without their top three scorers. Jalen Brunson led the way with 28 points, and the team was so shorthanded that they had to play two players they signed over the weekend.
Dallas has put four players in the health and safety protocols in the last four days. The COVID outbreak coupled with injures left the Mavs scrambling. Superstar Luka Doncic has missed five straight games with an ankle injury, and Kristaps Porzingis was not healthy enough to suit up on Tuesday with a toe issue. Add in Willie Cauley-Stein and Eugene Omoruyi being out, and the Mavericks were down eight players against the Timberwolves.
They have signed a replacement player for each man in the health and safety protocols. Theo Pinson and Marquese Chriss played key roles in Tuesday’s win. George King has agreed to a deal, but could not get to Dallas in time for the game. The Mavs also added Charlie Brown on Tuesday evening, according to Shams Charania. What does he bring to the team?
Dallas Mavericks sign Charlie Brown: What does he bring?
Brown was playing in the G League with the Delaware Blue Coats before getting the call. Through 11 games, he averaged 16.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 30.2 minutes per game. Brown is shooting 45.7 percent from the field, 40.0 percent on his threes, and 85.0 percent from the free-throw line.
The 6’6 wing has improved his jumper every year but needs to consistently knock down outside shots to be a force in the NBA. He has the size and athleticism to be a plus defender, but Brown has struggled to find a consistent role in the league. The 24-year-old has played in 19 games since the 2019-2020 season, but just 192 total minutes.
The Dallas Mavericks need help on the wing with Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr., Reggie Bullock, Maxi Kleber, and Josh Green all on the sidelines. They are hoping Doncic can return on Thursday night, but there could still be an opportunity for Charlie Brown to get minutes.
Can he make the most of it? Tune in on Dec. 23 as the Mavs host the Milwaukee Bucks to find out.