Marcus Brown

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Marcus Brown
Marcus Brown Euroleague Final Four 2005.JPG
Brown with CSKA Moscow in 2005.
Personal information
Born (1974-04-03) April 3, 1974 (age 42)
West Memphis, Arkansas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school West Memphis
(West Memphis, Arkansas)
College Murray State (1992–1996)
NBA draft 1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career 1996–2011
Position Shooting guard / Point guard
Number 5
Career history
1996–1997 Portland Trail Blazers
1998 Pau-Orthez (France)
1999 Detroit Pistons
1999–2000 Limoges (France)
2000–2001 Benetton Treviso (Italy)
2001–2003 Efes Pilsen (Turkey)
2003–2005 CSKA Moscow (Russia)
2005–2007 Unicaja Málaga (Spain)
2007–2011 Žalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)
2008–2009 Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Marcus James Brown (born April 3, 1974) is a retired American professional basketball player. At 6'4" (1.93 m), he played as a shooting guard. A three time All-Euroleague selection, Brown has been mentioned as being one of the top U.S. players ever to play abroad. He was most recently a player-coach with BC Žalgiris.[1] Brown led the prestigious Euroleague in all-time scoring when he ended his career in October of 2011. As far as American players, Brown remains as the all-time points leader and the top index rated American player in the Euroleague in spite of having not played in as many games as many of the ranked players.

Player profile[edit]

Brown, a 6'4" (193 cm) [2] shooting guard, is the Euroleague's third leading scorer, and has scored more points than any American in the Euroleague, counting only Euroleague records since the 2000–01 season, with 2,739 career points scored.

A high-quality player, who was always able to make a big impact in top-level European teams, Brown played at the Euroleague Final Four in 2004, 2005, and 2007. He also earned All-Euroleague Team selections in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He was selected to the All-Euroleague Second Team for the 2002–03 season, when he played for Efes Pilsen, and he was selected to the All-Euroleague First Team for the 2003–04 season, and to the Second Team for the 2004–05 season, when he played for CSKA Moscow. He was nominated to the 2007 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors list, although he was not selected to the final list.

College career[edit]

Brown played college basketball at Murray State University in the Ohio Valley Conference. In his senior season, he averaged 26.4 points per game on 50 percent shooting from the field and 42 percent shooting from 3-point range. It was announced in October 2009 that Brown was named to the Murray State University Athletic Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame on February 6, 2010. That same night his No. 5 jersey was retired and is hanging in the rafters at the CFSB Center.

Professional career[edit]

Brown was selected with the 17th pick of the 2nd round in the 1996 NBA Draft by the NBA club the Portland Trail Blazers. He played the 1996–1997 NBA season with the Trail Blazers, where he averaged 4 points per game in 9 minutes per game, while shooting 41 percent from 3 point range in his rookie season. He then signed with the Vancouver Grizzlies for the 1997–1998 season, but he did not play in any regular season games for them.

The Grizzlies then released him during the season in 1998, and he then signed with the French League club ÉB Pau-Orthez for the remainder of the 1997–1998 season. He averaged 20.5 points per game in the French League with Pau-Orthez and led them to the 1998 French League championship. Unfortunately, Brown tore the ACL in his knee in the final game of the French playoffs.

Brown took off the entire 1998–1999 season to rehab his knee injury. He then played in the NBA again with the Detroit Pistons at the start of the 1999–2000 season. The Pistons released him in 1999, after he played with the club in 6 regular season games. He then returned to the French League, where he signed with CSP Limoges for the remainder of the 1999–2000 season. With Limoges, he won the French League championship, the French Cup championship, and the Korać Cup championship. He was named the French League Foreign Player's MVP.

After having dominated the French League for 2 seasons, he then moved up to the higher level Italian League, where he signed with the Italian Euroleague club Benetton Treviso for the 2000–2001 season. With Benetton he played in the Euroleague for the first time and he averaged 19.9 points per game that season in the Euroleague. After that season, he signed with one of the biggest clubs in the Euroleague, the Turkish League club Efes Pilsen.

Over the next two seasons with Efes, Brown dominated in the Turkish League as he won the Turkish Basketball Cup, 2 Turkish National Championships, and the Turkish League MVP award. He was also named to the Euroleague 2002–03 season's All-Euroleague Second Team, after he averaged 19.6 points per game. Brown then moved to the Russian Super League powerhouse CSKA Moscow where he signed a contract that made him the highest paid American basketball player in Europe at that time.[3]

Over the next two seasons with CSKA, he dominated in the Russian League as he won the Russian Basketball Cup and 2 Russian National Championships. He was also named to the Euroleague 2003–04 season's All-Euroleague First Team and to the Euroleague 2004–05 season's All-Euroleague Second Team while he was a member of CSKA.

Brown then spent the next two seasons playing with Unicaja Málaga of the Spanish ACB League, where over those 2 years he would play alongside fellow ex-NBA players Daniel Santiago, Pepe Sánchez, Jorge Garbajosa, and Jiří Welsch. He helped to lead Unicaja Málaga to its first ever Spanish National Championship during the 2005–06 season.[citation needed]

After spending two seasons with Málaga, Brown joined the Lithuanian League club Žalgiris Kaunas. With Zalgiris in the 2007–08 season, Brown won the Lithuanian National Championship, the Lithuanian Basketball Cup, and the Baltic Championship all in the same season. He was also named the MVP of the Lithuanian League playoff finals that season.

On October 19, 2008, Brown was loaned from (Žalgiris) and signed with the Euroleague club Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli League for the 2008–09 season and with them won yet another national domestic championship in May 2009.[4]

Brown rejoined (Žalgiris) in 2009, and helped the team win the BBL Cup.[5]

On November 25, 2009, Marcus Brown became one of four players who had managed to make 300 or more three point shots in the Euroleague at that time, counting only records since the year 2000.[6]

Post-career honors[edit]

On October 17, 2011, the Euroleague planned a ceremony to honor the legendary Marcus Brown during halftime on opening night of the 2011-2012 season in the new BC Zalgiris 16,000 seat arena in Kaunas, Lithuania.

In January 2013, the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame announced that Brown would be honored as a member of the class of 2013 inductees.[7]

Personal achievements and awards[edit]


Career statistics[edit]

  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  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.


2000–01 Benetton 10 8 35.3 .496 .424 .875 3.1 2.8 2.0 .0 20.3 21.2
2001–02 Efes Pilsen 19 17 34.9 .453 .423 .880 2.9 3.4 1.8 .1 17.5 18.0
2002–03 Efes Pilsen 19 17 35.4 .513 .442 .843 2.6 2.6 1.3 .1 19.6 21.4
2003–04 CSKA 21 21 34.3 .510 .382 .880 2.3 4.2 1.4 .1 18.7 21.6
2004–05 CSKA 24 24 32.4 .428 .330 .804 2.9 3.1 1.3 .0 16.0 16.8
2005–06 Unicaja 20 20 31.9 .434 .368 .845 2.7 2.5 .7 .3 15.3 14.7
2006–07 Unicaja 8 2 19.2 .354 .350 .938 1.5 1.3 .5 .0 7.0 4.6
2007–08 Žalgiris 20 20 29.9 .474 .418 .906 2.4 1.4 .6 .2 14.4 12.8
2008–09 Maccabi 16 15 29.7 .478 .417 .782 2.3 2.2 .6 .0 12.3 12.1
2009–10 Žalgiris 16 16 25.4 .393 .397 .936 2.0 1.7 .5 .1 11.6 10.2
2010–11 Žalgiris 6 3 16.3 .235 .308 1.000 1.2 .8 .2 .2 3.7 -.5
Career 179 163 31.0 .458 .395 .857 2.5 2.6 1.0 .1 15.3 15.4


1996–97 Portland 21 0 8.8 .400 .406 .684 .7 1.0 .4 .1 3.9
1999–00 Detroit 6 0 7.5 .286 .000 1.000 1.2 .5 .0 .0 1.7
Career 27 0 8.5 .381 .333 .714 .8 .9 .3 .0 3.4

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