OKC Thunder: Markel Brown return to OKC Blue creates versatility

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The OKC Blue is competitive again, thanks to the injection of players from the OKC Thunder and the recovery of Markel Brown.

The OKC Blue welcomed back Markel Brown to their active roster. In the five games that he has played the OKC Thunder affiliate has gone 3-2. In the ten games prior to his return the Blue went 1-9 which saw them drop from second in the Western conference to third last.

This squad is good enough to make the playoffs and possibly make a deep run. Now that they have the majority of their players back, this goal is going to be more plausible. Brown is a key to that due to his perimeter shooting.

Brown is a career 36.3 percent shooter from deep at the G-League level and has a career scoring average of 16.1 points per game. This simply has to be respected by the opposition defense.

This highlights Brown’s ability to space the floor and this season it is going to be imperative for the Blue. They have the talents of Kevin Hervey, Myke Henry and Abdul Gaddy, DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell and Sedrick Barefield who have the ability to space the floor.

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He also allows Luguentz Dort plenty of room to beast up and punish the opposition in the paint where his strength, tenacity and strength cause opposition defenses headaches.

While the above players are all helpful, Brown is a proven scorer at this level and adds depth to the guard position.

It is this depth that the Blue has been missing and is a big part of the reason that they are sitting at the lower end of the standings.

The ability to throw different line ups on the floor to react to different situations is key to winning games and potentially championships.

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Overall, the Blue is a better squad than last year. With Brown back, hopefully, the Blue can get back into playoff seeding and get the chance to go deep. They deserve it.