Antonio Brown was a star at UCLA, but he didn’t quite have the same cachet as LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony.
After a year at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Brown made his NBA debut, and it was the highlight of his rookie season.
Brown scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 120-99 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Oct. 26, 2016.
But as the Lakers began to fall behind in the season’s first half, Brown was the only one to come through with a big game.
The Lakers were 10-4 and had just clinched the first of two playoff berths for the first time since 1996-97.
Brown’s impact would last beyond the game, as he scored 23 points in a win over Utah on March 8, 2018, and added 19 more points in an overtime win over Minnesota on March 21.
The two-time All-Star was selected to the All-NBA First Team for the third time, joining Kobe Bryant (1986), Chris Paul (1997), LeBron James (2011) and Karl Malone (2012).