Wizards’ Troy Brown Jr. out 4 weeks after straining left calf
Brown is coming off a rookie campaign in which he played 52 games, making 10 starts. During that time, he averaged 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists over 14.0 minutes per game while shooting 41.5 percent from the floor, 31.9 percent from 3-point range and 68.1 percent from the free-throw line.
He saw an uptick in playing time after the All-Star break, as he registered 7.7 points, 4.6 boards and 2.3 assists across 22.7 minutes a night while making 42.0 percent of his field goal attempts, 33.3 percent of his long-distance tries and 69.2 percent of his foul shots.
The 20-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Oregon, was originally selected by the Wizards in the first round (15th pick overall) of the 2018 NBA Draft.
He spent one season at Oregon, appearing in 35 contests and recording 11.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals through 31.2 minutes per game while connecting on 44.4 percent of his shots, 29.1 percent of his triples and 74.3 percent of his free throws.
Meanwhile, Washington won just 32 games this past season, marking the team’s lowest win total since 2012-13.
The Wizards made it to the playoffs in four of their five seasons between 2014 and 2018, getting eliminated from the second round three times and, most recently, getting bounced out of the first round in 2018.
Washington’s best year during that span came during the 2016-17 campaign, when the club won 49 games and lost to the Boston Celtics in seven games in the second round.