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Marcus Brown
Brown with CSKA Moscow in 2005.
Brown with CSKA Moscow in 2005.
Nickname MB 5
Position Shooting Guard
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg)
League Baltic League
Team Žalgiris Kaunas
Born April 3, 1974 (1974-04-03) (age 35)
West Memphis, Arkansas, USA
Nationality American
High school West Memphis High School
College Murray State
Draft 2nd round, 46th overall, 1996
Portland Trail Blazers
Pro career 1996–present
Former teams Portland Trail Blazers (1996–97)
EB Pau Orthez (1998)
Detroit Pistons (1999)
CSP Limoges (1999-00)
Benetton Treviso (2000-01)
Efes Pilsen (2001-03)
CSKA Moscow (2003-05)
Unicaja Malaga (2005-07)
Žalgiris Kaunas (2007-08)
Maccabi Tel Aviv (2008-09)
Žalgiris Kaunas (2009-present)
Awards All-Euroleague First Team 2003-04
2-Time All-Euroleague Second Team 2002-03, 2004-05
2-Time French League MVP 1998, 2000
French League Finals MVP 2000
2-Time Turkish League MVP 2002, 2003
2-Time Russian League MVP 2004, 2005
Lithuanian League Finals MVP 2008

Marcus James Brown (born April 3, 1974, in West Memphis, Arkansas, USA) is an American professional basketball player. He is a 6'4" (1.93 m) tall shooting guard.


Player profile

Brown, a 6'4" (193 cm) [1] shooting guard, is the Euroleague's all-time leading scorer with over 2,500 career points scored. On March 11, 2009, Brown became the first player to 2,500 points in Euroleague history. In 2008, he passed Luis Scola to become the all-time Euroleague scoring leader. It was reported that earlier in his career he was once the highest paid American player in the history of European basketball, earning more per season than even Dominique Wilkins, a former NBA star who left to play basketball in the Greek and Italian Leagues.

A high-quality player who has always been able to make a big impact in top-level European teams, Brown has played at the Euroleague Final Four in 2004, 2005 and 2007. He has also earned All-Euroleague Team selections in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He was selected to the All-Euroleague Second Team for the 2002-03 season when he played for Efes Pilsen, and he was selected to the All-Euroleague First Team for the 2003-04 season and to the Second Team for the 2004-05 season when he played for CSKA Moscow. He was nominated to the 2007 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors list, as one of the Euroleague's 35 greatest all-time players, although he was not selected to the final list.

College career

Brown attended and played collegiality at Murray State University in the Ohio Valley Conference. In his senior college season, he averaged 26.4 points per game on 50 percent shooting from the field and 42 percent shooting from 3 point range. It was announced in October 2009 that Brown was named to the Murray State University Athletic Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame on February 6, 2010. That same night his No. 5 jersey was retired and is hanging in the rafters at the Regional Special Events Center.

Pro career

Brown was selected with the 17th pick of the 2nd round in the 1996 NBA Draft by the NBA club the Portland Trail Blazers. He played the 1996-1997 NBA season with the Trail Blazers, where he averaged 4 points per game in 9 minutes per game, while shooting 41 percent from 3 point range in his rookie season. He then signed with the Vancouver Grizzlies for the 1997-1998 season, but he did not play in any regular season games for them.

The Grizzlies then released him during the season in 1998, and he then signed with the French League club EB Pau Orthez for the remainder of the 1997-1998 season. He averaged 20.5 points per game in the French League with Pau Orthez and led them to the 1998 French League championship. He was also named the French League's MVP that year. Unfortunately, Brown tore the ACL in his knee in the final game of the French playoffs.

Brown took off the entire 1998-1999 season to rehab his knee injury. He then played in the NBA again with the Detroit Pistons at the start of the 1999-2000 season. The Pistons released him in 1999, after he played with the club in 6 regular season games. He then returned to the French League, where he signed with CSP Limoges for the remainder of the 1999-2000 season. With Limoges, he won the French League championship, the French Cup championship, and the Korac Cup championship. He was once again named the French League's MVP and he was also named the MVP of the French playoffs.

After having dominated the French League for 2 seasons, he then moved up to the higher level Italian League, where he signed with the Italian Euroleague club Benetton Treviso for the 2000-2001 season. With Benetton he played in the Euroleague for the first time and he averaged 19.9 points per game that season in the Euroleague. After that season, he signed with one of the biggest clubs in the Euroleague, the Turkish League club Efes Pilsen.

Over the next two seasons with Efes, Brown dominated in the Turkish League as he won 2 Turkish National Cups, 2 Turkish National Championships, and 2 Turkish League MVP awards. He was also named to the Euroleague 2002-03 season's All-Euroleague Second Team, after he averaged 19.6 points per game. Brown then moved the Russian Super League powerhouse CSKA Moscow.

Over the next two seasons with CSKA, he dominated in the Russian League as he won 1 Russian Basketball Cup, 2 Russian National Championships, and 2 Russian League MVP awards. He was also named to the Euroleague 2003-04 season's All-Euroleague First Team and to the Euroleague 2004-05 season's All-Euroleague Second Team while he was a member of CSKA.

Brown then spent the next two seasons playing with Unicaja Málaga of the Spanish ACB League, where over those 2 years he would play alongside fellow ex-NBA players Daniel Santiago, Pepe Sanchez, Jorge Garbajosa, and Jiri Welsch. He helped to lead Unicaja Malaga to its first ever Spanish National Championship during the 2005-06 season.[citation needed]

After spending two seasons with Malaga, Brown joined the Lithuanian League club Žalgiris Kaunas. With Zalgiris in the 2007-08 season, Brown won the Lithuanian National Championship, the Lithuanian National Cup, and the Baltic Championship all in the same season. He was also named the MVP of the Lithuanian League playoff finals that season.

On October 19, 2008, Brown was loaned from (Žalgiris) and signed for the Euroleague club Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli League for the 2008-09 season and with them won yet another country championship in May 2009.[2]

Brown rejoined (Žalgiris) in 2009, and helped the team win the BBL Cup.[3]

It was announced in October 2009 that Brown was named to the Murray State University Athletic Hall of Fame.

On November 25, 2009 Marcus Brown became one of the just four players who have managed to score 300 or more three point shots in Euroleague.[4]

Personal achievements and awards

  • 1997-98 French League MVP (EB Pau Orthez)
  • 1999-00 French League MVP (CSP Limoges)
  • 1999-00 French Championship Finals MVP (CSP Limoges)
  • 2001-02 Euroleague Week-19 MVP (Efes Pilsen)
  • 2001-02 Turkish League MVP (Efes Pilsen)
  • 2002-03 Turkish League MVP (Efes Pilsen)
  • 2002-03 All-Euroleague Second Team (Efes Pilsen)
  • 2002-03 Euroleague Week-17 MVP (Efes Pilsen)
  • 2003-04 All-Euroleague First Team (CSKA Moscow)
  • 2003-04 Russian League MVP (CSKA Moscow)
  • 2004-05 Russian League MVP (CSKA Moscow)
  • 2004-05 All-Euroleague Second Team (CSKA Moscow)
  • 2007-08 Euroleague December MVP (Žalgiris)
  • 2007-08 Lithuanian League Finals MVP (Žalgiris)


NBA career statistics

  GP Games 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

Regular season

1996–97 Portland 21 0 8.8 .400 .406 .684 .7 1.0 .4 .1 3.9
1999–00 Detroit 6 0 7.5 .286 .000 1.000 1.2 .5 .0 .0 1.7
Career 27 0 8.5 .381 .333 .714 .8 .9 .3 .0 3.4



External links

Template:Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of The Year



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