Chucky Brown is tied with three other players, for a great NBA record: in parts of 13 seasons, between 1989 and 2002, Brown played for twelve different teams. I’ll remember his team-hopping fondly. If anyone out there knows how I can get in touch with Brown, I’d love to talk to him for an episode of the Obscure Athletes Podcast some day.
The groundwork for Brown’s movement was laid years before the Cavs selected him in the second round of the 1989 draft. The pick with which Cleveland eventually selected Brown was traded a remarkable five times between 1986 and 1987. Try and follow this now:
October 23, 1986: Traded by the Chicago Bulls (as a future 1989 2nd round draft pick) to the Houston Rockets for Granville Waiters.
December 9, 1986: Traded by the Houston Rockets (as a future 1989 2nd round draft pick) to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Dirk Minniefield.
January 16, 1987: Traded by the Houston Rockets (as a future 1989 2nd round draft pick) with a 1987 1st round draft pick (Joe Wolf was later selected) to the Los Angeles Clippers for Cedric Maxwell.
February 11, 1987: Traded by the Los Angeles Clippers (as a future 1989 2nd round draft pick) to the Chicago Bulls for Earl Cureton.
February 15, 1987: Traded by the Chicago Bulls (as a future 1989 2nd round draft pick) to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Ben Poquette.
June 27, 1989: Drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2nd round (43rd pick) of the 1989 NBA Draft.
During his career, Brown would be traded twice more–once to the Suns in a deal involving Charles Barkley. Chucky never appeared in more than four seasons for a single team, and played fewer than 20 games with four of his twelve teams.
Brown won the NBA Championship with the “Clutch City” Rockets in 1994-95. That year he signed on as a free agent mid-season after winning a championship in the Continental Basketball Association with the Yakima Sun Kings. His greatest championship season moment came in the Western Conference semifinals, when Brown filled in for the ill Clyde Drexler, and scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, leading the Rockets to a game 5 victory over the Suns.
The following year was Brown’s best in the NBA: Returning to Houston, Brown moved from the 3 position to power forward, and the switch worked. Brown started all 82 games for the Rockets, and averaged a career-high 8.6 points per game. He posted career highs in minutes played, points scored, assists, rebounds, steals, and blocks.
Chucky last played in 2002 for the Kings, and enjoyed a lengthy career despite his constant moves. Since his playing days ended he has been a coach for multiple NBA D-League teams.