P. J. Brown

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P. J. Brown
PJ Brown 03 24 2008.jpg
Brown in 2008
No. 42, 93
Center / Power forward
Personal information
Born (1969-10-14) October 14, 1969 (age 44)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (211 cm)
Listed weight 239 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school Winnfield Senior (Winnfield, Louisiana)
College Louisiana Tech (1988–1992)
NBA draft 1992 / Round: 2 / Pick: 29th overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Pro playing career 1992–2008
Career history
1992–1993 Panionios (Greece)
19931996 New Jersey Nets
19962000 Miami Heat
20002006 Charlotte / New Orleans Hornets
2006–2007 Chicago Bulls
2008 Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 9,870 (9.1 ppg)
Rebounds 8,409 (7.7 rpg)
Blocks 1,116 (1.0 bpg)
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Collier Brown, Jr. (born October 14, 1969), commonly referred to as P. J. Brown, is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m), 239 lb (108 kg; 17.1 st) center/power forward was selected out of Louisiana Tech University by the New Jersey Nets with the 29th overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft, but began his NBA career only in the 1993-94 season. He has been voted into the NBA All-Defensive Second Team three times, in 1997, 1999 and 2001,[1] and won the NBA Sportsmanship Award in 2004.[2] He attended Winnfield Senior High School in Winnfield, Louisiana, where he played for the Winnfield Tigers, and has played professionally for the New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat, Charlotte/New Orleans(/OKC) Hornets, Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics.

College[edit]

Brown played four years at Louisiana Tech and averaged 10.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in 121 contests. He left Louisiana Tech as the Bulldogs' 2nd all-time leader in blocks with 241, and 5th in rebounds with 1,017.

NBA career[edit]

New Jersey Nets (1993-1996)[edit]

Brown was selected out of Louisiana Tech University with the 29th overall pick in the second round of the 1992 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. However, he elected to play in the Greek League his first year out of college and averaged 17.0 points, 13.3 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game for Panionios.

In his first three seasons in the NBA, from 1993 to 1996, he played in 240 regular season games for the New Jersey Nets, of which he started 198 games, averaging 8.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.37 blocks in 30.7 minutes per game. He appeared in 4 playoff games for the Nets in the 1994 NBA Playoffs. He also participated in the 1994 Rookie Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend.

Miami Heat (1996-2000)[edit]

Brown signed with the Miami Heat prior to the 1996-97 season.[3] He had an arguably better stint with the Heat than with the New Jersey Nets, as he received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award and was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 1997. He helped the Heat advance to the Eastern Conference Finals during the 1997 NBA Playoffs, where the Heat lost to the Chicago Bulls in 5 games, with averages of 8.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.33 blocks and 30.1 minutes per game in 15 games.

In the 1998-99 season, he was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the 2nd time in his career. During his four seasons in Miami, from 1996 to 2000, Brown appeared in 284 regular season games for the Heat, starting all but 9 games and averaging 9.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.07 blocks in 31.2 minutes per game. The Heat didn't miss the playoffs in the four seasons Brown was with the team, and he started all of his 35 playoff games.

Charlotte / New Orleans Hornets (2000-2006)[edit]

On August 1, 2000, Brown, alongside Jamal Mashburn, Otis Thorpe, Tim James and Rodney Buford, was traded to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Eddie Jones, Anthony Mason, Dale Ellis and Ricky Davis.[4] In 2000-01, his first season with the Hornets, Brown was selected to his 3rd NBA All-Defensive Second Team. In 2001-02, he was chosen as the Central Division recipient of the NBA Sportsmanship Award. The Hornets moved to New Orleans prior to the 2002-03 season, where Brown had his best scoring seasons, averaging 10.6 points per game in 240 regular season games from 2002 to 2005.

During the 2002-03 season, he received the NBA Community Assist Award for the month of September and was again chosen as the Central Division recipient of the NBA Sportsmanship Award, for the 2nd consecutive time. In 2003-04, he was yet again chosen as the Central Division NBA Sportsmanship Award recipient, for the 3rd consecutive season, this time capturing the 2004 NBA Sportsmanship Award.

Prior to the 2006-07 season, Brown had played in 999 regular season games, including 941 starts. By that time, he was one of 26 players in NBA history to have 8,000 points, 7,000 rebounds, 1,000 assists and 1,000 blocks.

Chicago Bulls (2006-2007)[edit]

On July 13, 2006, Brown was traded by the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets along with guard J.R. Smith to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for center Tyson Chandler.[5] He played well as a veteran with the young team, starting the majority of his games, though he scored in meager proportions, and only averaged a career-low of 20.2 minutes per game.

Retirement thoughts[edit]

After the 2006-07 season, Brown did not re-sign with the Bulls and rejected offers from several teams interested in his services, citing he might have been done with his career.[6] He went into semi-retirement while contemplating a possible return, lasting considerably into the 2007-08 season.[7][8]

Boston Celtics (2008)[edit]

On February 27, 2008, after resting for most of the 2007-08 season and weighing his options, Brown signed with the Boston Celtics for the remainder of the season, in order to bolster their front court.[8][9] His decision to come to Boston was strongly aided by a conversation with future teammates Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, who convinced him to sign with the Celtics during the 2008 NBA All-Star Weekend.[10] The San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Hornets were interested in his services, but he wasn't particularly intrigued by the offers, instead choosing the Celtics who tried to convince him to sign throughout most of the season.[11] He made his debut against the Chicago Bulls, his former team, on March 7, 2008.

Brown had an unexpected breakout performance which took place in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on May 18, 2008, when he scored 10 points and pulled down 6 rebounds, hitting all of his four shots and making key contributions in the 4th quarter. He hit a key shot with less than two minutes left in the game as the Celtics went on to win the game 97-92.[12] After the game, he told reporters: "That shot, hey, probably I would say the biggest shot of my career".[13] He also had a strong performance in Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on June 5, 2008, playing increased minutes in the first Finals game of his 15-year career en route to a Celtics victory.[14] He retired at the end of that season with a championship.

NBA career statistics[edit]

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
Denotes season in which Brown won an NBA championship

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1993–94 New Jersey 79 54 24.7 .415 .167 .757 6.2 1.2 .9 1.2 5.7
1994–95 New Jersey 80 63 30.8 .446 .167 .671 6.1 1.7 .9 1.7 8.1
1995–96 New Jersey 81 81 36.3 .444 .200 .770 6.9 2.0 1.0 1.2 11.3
1996–97 Miami 80 71 32.4 .457 .000 .732 8.4 1.2 1.1 1.2 9.5
1997–98 Miami 74 74 31.9 .471 .000 .766 8.6 1.4 .9 1.3 9.6
1998–99 Miami 50 50 32.2 .480 .000 .774 6.9 1.3 .9 1.0 11.4
1999–00 Miami 80 80 28.8 .480 .000 .755 7.5 1.8 .8 .8 9.6
2000–01 Charlotte 80 79 35.1 .444 .000 .852 9.3 1.6 1.0 1.2 8.5
2001–02 Charlotte 80 80 32.0 .474 .000 .858 9.8 1.3 .7 1.0 8.4
2002–03 New Orleans 78 78 33.4 .531 .000 .836 9.0 1.9 .9 1.0 10.7
2003–04 New Orleans 80 80 34.4 .476 .000 .854 8.6 1.9 1.0 .9 10.5
2004–05 New Orleans 82 78 34.4 .446 .000 .864 9.0 2.2 .9 .6 10.8
2005–06 New Orleans/OKC 75 73 31.7 .461 .000 .827 7.3 1.2 .6 .7 9.0
2006–07 Chicago 72 49 20.2 .407 .000 .787 4.8 .7 .3 .7 6.1
2007–08 Boston 18 0 11.6 .341 .000 .688 3.8 .6 .3 .4 2.2
Career 1089 990 31.1 .460 .136 .794 7.7 1.5 .8 1.0 9.1

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1993–94 New Jersey 4 1 14.0 .222 .000 1.000 2.0 .8 .0 .5 3.0
1996–97 Miami 15 15 30.1 .408 .000 .717 8.6 .7 .6 1.3 8.1
1997–98 Miami 5 5 38.0 .514 .000 .364 8.8 .8 1.4 .6 9.2
1998–99 Miami 5 5 28.8 .467 .000 .900 6.2 1.0 .4 .4 10.2
1999–00 Miami 10 10 30.8 .427 .000 .833 8.2 1.1 .8 .4 7.5
2000–01 Charlotte 10 10 38.5 .418 .000 .828 10.0 1.1 1.2 1.4 8.0
2001–02 Charlotte 9 9 36.8 .427 .000 .757 9.6 1.6 .7 1.3 10.2
2002–03 New Orleans 6 6 32.2 .477 .000 .760 7.7 1.0 1.2 .5 10.2
2003–04 New Orleans 7 7 36.6 .366 .000 .909 9.7 2.1 .4 1.6 8.9
2006–07 Chicago 10 10 22.8 .493 .000 .739 4.7 1.2 .8 .2 8.3
2007–08 Boston 25 0 13.6 .464 .000 .840 2.4 .5 .2 .4 2.9
Career 106 78 27.2 .434 .000 .751 6.6 1.0 .6 .8 7.1

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