P. J. Brown

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P. J. Brown
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Brown in 2008
Personal information
Born (1969-10-14) October 14, 1969 (age 52)
Detroit, Michigan
NationalityAmerican
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight239 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High schoolWinnfield (Winnfield, Louisiana)
College Louisiana Tech (1988–1992)
NBA draft 1992 / Round: 2 / Pick: 29th overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Playing career1992–2008
Position Center / Power forward
Number42, 93
Career history
1992–1993 Panionios
19931996 New Jersey Nets
19962000 Miami Heat
20002002 Charlotte Hornets
20022006 New Orleans Hornets
2006–2007 Chicago Bulls
2008 Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 9,870 (9.1 ppg)
Rebounds 8,409 (7.7 rpg)
Blocks 1,116 (1.0 bpg)
Stats   OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg at NBA.com
Stats   OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg at Basketball-Reference.com

Collier "P. J." Brown Jr. (born October 14, 1969) is an American former professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m), 239 lb (108 kg) center/power forward was selected out of Louisiana Tech University by the New Jersey Nets with the 29th overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft, but began his NBA career only in the 1993–94 season. He was voted into the NBA All-Defensive Second Team three times, in 1997, 1999 and 2001, [1] and won the NBA Sportsmanship Award in 2004. [2] He attended Winnfield Senior High School in Winnfield, Louisiana, where he played for the Winnfield Tigers, and has played professionally for the Nets, Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Hornets, Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics. Brown retired from the NBA after winning an NBA championship with the Celtics in 2008.

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College

Brown played four years at Louisiana Tech and averaged 10.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in 121 contests. He left Louisiana Tech as the Bulldogs' second all-time leader in blocks with 241, and fifth in rebounds with 1,017.

NBA career

New Jersey Nets (1993–1996)

Brown was selected out of Louisiana Tech University with the 29th overall pick in the second round of the 1992 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets. However, he elected to play in the 1992–93 HEBA A1 season in his first year out of college and averaged 17.0 points, 13.3 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game for Panionios B.C..

In his first three seasons in the NBA, from 1993 to 1996, he played in 240 regular season games for the New Jersey Nets and increased his starts from 54 games in the 1994 season to 63 in the 1995 season before starting in all 81 games that he appeared in the 1996 campaign. The Nets made the playoffs in 1994, and Brown appeared in four first round playoff games as New Jersey was eliminated by the New York Knicks. That season also featured Brown participating in the 1994 Rookie Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend.

In addition to increasing his playing time Brown also increased his scoring average each year, and in the 1996 season he would average a then career high 11.3 points with 6.9 rebounds a game. The Nets however did not reach the post-season in both his second and third year with the team. In the 1996 off-season he would sign as a free agent with the Miami Heat. [3]

Miami Heat (1996–2000)

Miami had made the playoffs the previous year led by all-star center Alonzo Mourning, point guard Tim Hardaway and head coach Pat Riley, who decided to start Brown for 71 games in the 1996–97 season. Brown increased his shooting percentage and rebounding, received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award and was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team as the Heat won a franchise best 61 games and the Atlantic Division Title. Brown's defense and rebounding helped the Heat advance in the playoffs, as they defeated the Orlando Magic in the first round in 5 games and New York Knicks in a grueling 7 games series. He came up big in the crucial games of the playoffs, scoring 12 points with 14 rebounds in the deciding game against Orlando and 18 points with 12 rebounds in a game 5 win at home against the Knicks. In that game, Brown was attempting to establish rebounding position with Knicks point guard Charlie Ward before lifting and flipping him onto a row of photographers along the baseline, leading to a brawl between the teams. This would result in Brown being suspended for the last two games of the series, along with players from the New York bench who intervened. Despite overcoming New York, the team could not overcome the defending champion Chicago Bulls, who defeated Miami in 5 games in the franchise's first trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. Brown averaged 9.2 points and 8.8 rebounds in the playoffs.

Starting in all 74 games in which he appeared, Brown posted nearly identical production in the 1997–98 season as the Heat once again entered the playoffs but came up short in a five-game first round loss against New York .

In the lockout shortened 1998–99 season, Brown was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the second time in his career and averaged a career high 11.4 points a game. The Heat once again won the Atlantic Division but also were once again defeated in a stunning first round series in 5 games to the eighth-seeded Knicks. Brown's role continued in the 1999–2000 season, and the Heat would win in the first round against the Detroit Pistons before facing the Knicks for the fourth straight year. Once again, the Heat would fall to their New York rivals in another long and grueling 7 game series.

Charlotte / New Orleans Hornets (2000–2006)

On August 1, 2000, Brown, alongside Jamal Mashburn, Otis Thorpe, Tim James and Rodney Buford, was traded to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Eddie Jones, Anthony Mason, Dale Ellis and Ricky Davis. [4] [5] In 2000–01, his first season with the Hornets, Brown was selected to his third NBA All-Defensive Second Team. In 2001–02, he was chosen as the Central Division recipient of the NBA Sportsmanship Award. The Hornets relocated to New Orleans prior to the 2002–03 season, where Brown had his best scoring seasons, averaging 10.6 points per game in 240 regular season games from 2002 to 2005.

During the 2002–03 season, he received the NBA Community Assist Award for the month of September and was again chosen as the Central Division recipient of the NBA Sportsmanship Award, for the second consecutive time. In 2003–04, he was yet again chosen as the Central Division NBA Sportsmanship Award recipient, for the third consecutive season, this time capturing the 2004 NBA Sportsmanship Award.

Prior to the 2006–07 season, Brown had played in 999 regular season games, including 941 starts. By that time, he was one of 26 players in NBA history to have 8,000 points, 7,000 rebounds, 1,000 assists and 1,000 blocks.

Chicago Bulls (2006–2007)

On July 13, 2006, Brown was traded by the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets along with J. R. Smith to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Tyson Chandler. [6] He played well as a veteran with the young team, starting the majority of his games, though he scored in meager proportions, and only averaged a career-low of 20.2 minutes per game.

Retirement thoughts

After the 2006–07 season, Brown did not re-sign with the Bulls and rejected offers from several teams interested in his services, citing he might have been done with his career.[ citation needed ] He went into semi-retirement while contemplating a possible return, lasting considerably into the 2007–08 season. [7] [8]

Boston Celtics (2008)

On February 27, 2008, after resting for most of the 2007–08 season and weighing his options, Brown signed with the Boston Celtics for the remainder of the season, in order to bolster their front court. [9] [8] His decision to come to Boston was strongly aided by a conversation with future teammates Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, who convinced him to sign with the Celtics during the 2008 NBA All-Star Weekend. [10] The San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Hornets were interested in his services, but he chose the Celtics instead. [11] He made his debut against the Chicago Bulls, his former team, on March 7, 2008.

Brown had an unexpected breakout performance which took place in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on May 18, 2008, when he scored 10 points and pulled down 6 rebounds, hitting all of his four shots and making key contributions in the fourth quarter. He hit a key shot with less than two minutes left in the game as the Celtics went on to win the game 97-92. [12] After the game, he told reporters: "That shot, hey, probably I would say the biggest shot of my career". [13] He also had a strong performance in Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on June 5, 2008, playing increased minutes in the first Finals game of his 15-year career en route to a Celtics victory. [14] He retired at the end of that season with a championship. [15]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GPGames 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 Bold Career high
  Won an NBA championship

Regular season

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
1993–94 New Jersey 795424.7.415.167.7576.21.2.91.25.7
1994–95 New Jersey 806330.8.446.167.6716.11.7.91.78.1
1995–96 New Jersey 818136.3.444.200.7706.92.01.01.211.3
1996–97 Miami 807132.4.457.000.7328.41.21.11.29.5
1997–98 Miami 747431.9.471.7668.61.4.91.39.6
1998–99 Miami 505032.2.480.7746.91.3.91.011.4
1999–2000 Miami 808028.8.480.000.7557.51.8.8.89.6
2000–01 Charlotte 807935.1.444.000.8529.31.61.01.28.5
2001–02 Charlotte 808032.0.474.8589.81.3.71.08.4
2002–03 New Orleans 787833.4.531.000.8369.01.9.91.010.7
2003–04 New Orleans 808034.4.476.000.8548.61.91.0.910.5
2004–05 New Orleans 827834.4.446.8649.02.2.9.610.8
2005–06 New Orleans/OKC 757331.7.461.8277.31.2.6.79.0
2006–07 Chicago 724920.2.407.000.7874.8.7.3.76.1
2007–08 Dagger-14-plain.png Boston 18011.6.341.000.6883.8.6.3.42.2
Career1,08999031.1.460.136.7947.71.5.81.09.1

Playoffs

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
1994 New Jersey 4114.0.2221.0002.0.8.0.53.0
1997 Miami 151530.1.408.7178.6.7.61.38.1
1998 Miami 5538.0.514.3648.8.81.4.69.2
1999 Miami 5528.8.467.000.9006.21.0.4.410.2
2000 Miami 101030.8.427.8338.21.1.8.47.5
2001 Charlotte 101038.5.418.82810.01.11.21.48.0
2002 Charlotte 9936.8.427.7579.61.6.71.310.2
2003 New Orleans 6632.2.477.7607.71.01.2.510.2
2004 New Orleans 7736.6.366.9099.72.1.41.68.9
2007 Chicago 101022.8.493.7394.71.2.8.28.3
2008 Dagger-14-plain.png Boston 25013.6.464.000.8402.4.5.2.42.9
Career1067827.2.434.000.7516.61.0.6.87.1

Personal life

Brown and his wife have four children. His daughter, Kalani Brown, is a professional basketball player with the Atlanta Dream. [16] Brown's nickname "P.J." was given to him by his grandmother as a child, due to his affinity for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. [17] He was inducted into the Louisiana Tech University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998, the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2016. [18]

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