Chucky Brown: Grundy Can Have A Nice Career

As an assistant coach for the NBDL's Roanoke Dazzle, Chucky Brown had a chance to coach former Wolfpack star Anthony Grundy prior to Grundy's promotion to the NBA.

Grundy, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, started 44 games for Roanoke, averaging 23 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 2.5 steals in 39.8 minutes of action.

"Anthony was definitely doing some scoring, defense, and rebounding," Chucky Brown told Pack Pride. "He did it all. He was very deserving of the call-up. He was our best player, pretty much, he and Will Bynum.

"The one thing about Anthony is that he defended everybody. He defended guys bigger than him, and he defended guys his size. His basketball IQ is so high, and he just knows what to do when he's out there."

Chucky Brown

Grundy was among the D-League leaders in nearly every offensive category. He ranked first in the league in three-pointers made and attempted, field goals made and attempted, steals and minutes. Additionally, he placed second in scoring and free throws made, and third in efficiency rating (20.55). On March 27th, he was named to the 2005-2006 All-NBA Development League First Team as voted on by the league's head coaches.

Grundy didn't finish the season in Roanoke, as that same day he signed a 10-day contract with the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and has since signed another 10-day contract with the Hawks. Grundy spent this year's training camp and preseason in Atlanta, but he was waived on October 27.

"I think a lot of NBA people just made a mistake by not giving him a chance earlier," said Brown. "That says a lot about him because he never got down about it. There were guys who were called up that I thought he was better than, and he still didn't get down. He kept plugging away at it, and he was very persistent because he knew he could play in the NBA."

Grundy chose to play in the NBDL after being waived instead of returning overseas. His goal has always been to play in the NBA, and he felt his best chance was by being seen in the NBDL.

"He had offers to go overseas, they were coming at him with big money, but he wanted to fulfill his dream and he gets all the credit for it," said Brown.

Grundy had a spectacular career at NC State. A four-year starter, with the Wolfpack, he finished eighth in school history in scoring (1,641), second in steals (239), fifth in three-pointers made (164) and eighth in assists (356). He was the first player in school history to compile 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals in a career. He was named Honorable Mention All-America by the Associated Press and First Team All-ACC as a senior.

However, his lack of ideal size and true position hampered his chances to play in the NBA after leaving NC State. At 6-foot-3, Grundy didn't showcase the ballhandling skills to play point guard and was considered too short to play shooting guard. According to Brown, none of that matters because he is simply a ballplayer.

"The NBA people, they look at his size and question position would he play, but I just think if you can play you can play," said Brown. "There are a lot of guys who have played and are playing that don't have a position.

"Look at Nate Robinson, what is he? They want to play him at point guard, but he doesn't make those decisions. He's just a basketball player.

"When I was playing, there were guys like Larry Johnson... Charles Barkley. Charles Barkley didn't really have a position, he was just a basketball player. He was good at what he did. There are a lot of guys like that... just basketball players.

"I think Grundy is a guy who can play both guard positions, but I think NBA people look at you for one position. Is he a point guard or a shooting guard? He can do both, but that's not what they want. It's real strange."

Anthony Grundy

So far, Grundy has been solid in Atlanta. In six games he is averaging six points, and two boards in 10.2 minutes per contest.

Because of traveling conflicts, Brown hasn't had a chance to talk much with Grundy or Atlanta officials, but he knows his former player will do what it takes to make it. Even if it doesn't work out for Grundy in Atlanta, Brown believes he can, and will, do what it takes to have a nice career in the NBA.

"I haven't really talked to anybody from the Hawks, but I know he's going to take care of his business," Brown said. "You have to take care of your body and work hard everyday. I know he's going to take care of what he needs to do. That's not going to be a problem.

"As long as he continues to work hard, he will be fine. He needs to understand that they may find guys more talented than him, but they won't work as hard as him. That's what the NBA needs right now. They have a lot of guys who are talented but won't work hard.

"I'd rather have a guy who will work hard, and I'll know what I'm going to get as opposed to a guy who I don't know if he will feel like playing tonight.

"I really think Grundy can sustain a nice career."

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