2022 NBA Draft Profile



Round 248
Drafted By:Minnesota Timberwolves
6-7 / 205 lbs
United States
Draft 2022


Acquired by IND in trade with MIN

Prospect Overview   

Athletic forward with great quickness and remarkable leaping ability who made an instant impact on both ends at Baylor but still has room to grow as a scorer and stopper.

About Kendall Brown 

Kendall Brown is a bouncy, energetic wing whose combination of size and athleticism stood out at times over the course of his freshman year at Baylor.  Emerging as a prospect early on in his prep career, the Minnesota native finished his prep career at Sunrise Christian Academy (KS) regarded as one of the consensus top-12 prospects in the high school class of 2021 while earning McDonald’s All-American honors. 

Stepping into the starting lineup of a Baylor team retooling in the wake of their National Championship run, Brown put together several strong performances finishing his freshman year averaging 9.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists over 27 minutes per game to earn All-Big 12 freshman team honors.

• Measured standing 6-foot-7’5 in shoes with a solid 201-pound frame and a 6-foot-11 wingspan at the 2022 NBA Draft Combine, Brown possesses good size for a wing but often plays bigger as he is perhaps the most explosive athlete in the 2022 draft class.  

• Playing primarily off the ball lying in wait in the corner for kick outs or opportunities to cut backdoor but also contributing with his athleticism in transition, attacking closeouts, and showing some talent as a passer, Brown filled a complementary role for the Bears.  He scored with impressive efficiency that fell somewhere in between his ability to dunk the ball on the way up finishing around the rim and the early stage of development he is in as a jump shooter.  

• Possessing significant upside on the defensive end thanks to his length and athleticism, Brown had some freshman moments off the ball, but some spectacular ones using his athleticism to guard multiple positions. 

Advanced Stats

• Playing a role that resulted in more touches some nights than others, Brown thrived when he could find opportunities around the rim and showed a knack for finding the open man, but has considerable room to improve his perimeter skill level.  Still improving his range as a shooter and looking more fluid with the ball on some dives than others, the 19-year-old is still evolving on the offensive end.

• Playing above the rim with ease able to catch lobs and finish tip dunks in impressive fashion and elevate over opposing defenders inside, Brown scored a tremendous 1.49 points per shot around the rim [96th percentile].  With almost two-thirds of his shots coming around the rim, his athleticism played a key role in his overall efficiency.  He still has room to improve his ball handling ability to maximize his potential as a slasher, but often found a way to score with step throughs even when he could not turn the corner.

• Averaging 0.79 points per jump shot [28th percentile], Brown tossed in several corner threes last season but has some things to clean up mechanically to become a more reliable floor spacer.   

• While he has a lot of room to develop his skill set on the wings–unsurprising given he turned 19 just a few weeks before the draft– he flashed promising vision as a passer.  

Defensive Analysis

• With the tools to be a multi-positional playmaker on the defensive end, Brown had some impressive moments moving his feet containing the ball on the perimeter.  Allowing just 0.55 points per isolation possession [80th percentile], he did his best work on the ball frequently stifling smaller guards.

• Still early in his development as an off ball defender and rebounder, Brown was a somewhat mixed bag on both fronts last season.  He was productive in spurts on the glass when he was looking to be aggressive and had some nice helpside possessions, but is still learning scratching the surface of the impact his tools could allow him to have long term.  

Profile by Synergy Sports