NEW YORK – Santa Cruz’s Jabari Brown today was named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, March 20 through Sunday, March 26.
Brown (6-4, Missouri) led Santa Cruz to a 3-0 week, averaging 25.7 points (sixth in the league), 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He shot 50 percent from the field, including 14-for-25 from three-point range. The 3-0 week puts Santa Cruz one win away from a playoff berth.
On March 21, Brown scored a season-high 36 points on 12-for-18 shooting. He connected on 8-of-11 from behind the arc and added three rebounds and three assists in a 138-125 victory over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. On March 25, he tallied 32 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a 134-124 victory over the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
Brown was acquired by the Warriors after playing for the Jilin Northeast Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. Since returning to the NBA D-League, Brown is averaging 21.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists in seven games for Santa Cruz. Brown appeared in 19 games for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2014-15 season, averaging 11.9 points.
Other top performers considered were Austin’s Charles Garcia, Delaware’s Russ Smith, Greensboro’s Rasheed Sulaimon, Long Island’s Cliff Alexander, Northern Arizona’s Elijah Millsap, Raptors 905’s Edy Tavares, Reno’s Isaiah Cousins, Will David and Kendall Marshall, Rio Grande Valley’s Isaiah Taylor, Westchester’s Travis Trice II and Windy City’s Wesley Saunders.
About the NBA Development League
The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 22 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2016-17 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 38 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2015-16 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. NBA D-League games are available on ESPN’s family of networks, Facebook Live and NBA TV.