Clarence “Chucky” Brown Jr. is a retired professional basketball player. A 6-foot-8 forward from North Carolina State University and second-round selection by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1989 NBA draft, Brown shares (with Joe Smith, Tony Massenburg and Jim Jackson) the NBA record for the most teams played during his NBA career — 12 teams in 13 years: The Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets (where he became champion in 1994–95), Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings.
He retired with 4,125 career points. Brown’s playing experience includes an NBA Championship, a CBA Championship and ACC Championship. He also has eight years of coaching experience in the NBA G-League and seven years as an NBA scout.
Brown moved from New York City to Navassa in 1983 and starred at North Brunswick High School, where he became one of the top recruits in the state. The late Jim Valvano recruited him and Brown helped lead the Wolfpack to the 1989 ACC regular-season title.
Brown lives in Cary, with his wife, Melanie, and their three daughters. One daughter, Izzy, is on the women’s soccer team at UNC Chapel Hill.
Chucky is the current head boys basketball Coach at West Johnston High School. He was hired April 2, 2019. He is also the first member of his family to graduate from college. Following his pro basketball career, Brown returned to college to earn a degree. Known for an easygoing disposition and work ethic, those traits endeared him to everyone he met.
N.C. State great point guard Chris Corchiani once referred to Brown as the best teammate he ever had. It was with the Wolfpack Brown made a name for himself.
This quote, which he stated during a podcast following retirement from the National Basketball Association, best summed up Brown.
“I always tell people I’m not rich with money by any means, but I’m rich as far as knowing people, knowing teammates and just being able to stay in contact with former teammates.