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 44)
West Memphis, Arkansas
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High schoolWest Memphis
(West Memphis, Arkansas)
CollegeMurray State (1992–1996)
NBA draft1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career1996–2011
PositionShooting guard / Point guard
Number4, 20
Career history
1996–1997Portland Trail Blazers
1998Pau-Orthez
1999Detroit Pistons
1999–2000Limoges
2000–2001Benetton Treviso
2001–2003Efes Pilsen
2003–2005CSKA Moscow
2005–2007Unicaja Málaga
2007–2011Žalgiris Kaunas
2008–2009Maccabi Tel Aviv
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

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. Brown ended his career as a player-coach with Žalgiris Kaunas in 2011.[1] Brown led the EuroLeague in scoring since the year 2000, when he ended his career in October 2011. As far as American players are concerned, Brown remains the all-time scoring leader, and the highest top index rated American player in the EuroLeague.

Player profile[edit]

Brown, a 6'4" (193 cm) [2] shooting guard, is the EuroLeague's sixth 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 the 2002–03, 2003–04, and 2004–05 seasons. 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 2008 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 by Murray State, 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 1996–97 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 1997–98 season, but he did not play in any regular season games for them.

After being released by the Grizzlies, during the 1997–98 NBA season, he signed with the French League club ÉB Pau-Orthez, for the remainder of the 1997–98 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 1998–99 season to rehab his knee injury. He then played in the NBA again, with the Detroit Pistons, at the start of the 1999–00 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 1999–00 season. With Limoges, he won the French League championship, the French Cup title, and the FIBA Korać Cup championship. He was named the French League Foreign Player's MVP.

After having a lot of success in 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 2000–01 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 was very successful in Turkey, as he won the Turkish Cup, and 2 Turkish League national championships. He was also named to the 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 was quite successful in Russia, as he won the Russian Cup, 2 Russian National Championships, and the Russian Super League A Player of the Year award in 2004. He was also named to the 2003–04 season's All-EuroLeague First Team and to the 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 League 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 League national championship, the Lithuanian Cup title, and the Baltic League 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 he 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, 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, his former team, Žalgiris Kaunas, held a ceremony to honor Brown during the halftime of the opening night of the 2011–12 season, in the club's new 15,552 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 which included Dallas Cowboy owner Jerry Jones.[7]

Personal achievements and awards[edit]

Club titles won[edit]

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  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.

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
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

NBA[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
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

References and notes[edit]

  • "Reigning King of Europe". ESPN". Retrieved July 23, 2011.
  • "Players In Europe Ponder A N.B.A. Pension". The New York Times. 2009-12-13. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  • "Top Five U.S. Athletes To Play Abroad Team Sports". Bleacher Report. 2009-06-12.

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