Milwaukee Bucks: Takeaways from Summer League loss to Cleveland Cavaliers

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: An exterior view of the Thomas
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: An exterior view of the Thomas /
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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 18: Sterling Brown
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 18: Sterling Brown /

Brown Looks Ready To Contribute

The Bucks’ other 2017 draftee, Sterling Brown, started the Summer League opener from the bench having only signed his rookie deal just a couple of hours prior to the game tipping off.

Still, when the former SMU man did take to the floor, he stood out from most of his peers.

At Summer League it’s not particularly uncommon to see the floor packed with slighter-framed prospects who are crying out for meaningful time working with NBA strength and conditioning teams, and that makes it all the more striking when you see a player who appears NBA-ready in terms of their physical attributes.

Although he went 0-4 from the field, Brown certainly fit that bill. The 22-year-old possesses a sturdy frame and broad shoulders that were allowing him to compete for rebounds with bigger men, and use his presence defensively.

In 12 minutes of action, Brown had four rebounds, one assist and a steal to show for his efforts, but much like Malcolm Brogdon last year, it was probably even more important that he looked like a man among boys physically.

After the game, Brown admitted to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he’s still feeling his way back into a competitive groove.

"“A couple guys had to get the rust off including myself,” Brown said. “We’ll come back stronger Sunday.”"

Let’s hope for that kind of improved play next time out.