Is Derren Brown a magician?

Probably not. After being drafted first overall, he went through several seasons playing for the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings before deciding to join the Thunder. The only other player I can think of who was more dominant at both ends of the court and performed like an all-around great with the same offense — while also being an average defender — was the late Dirk Nowitzki, who was just as good at both ends and even better defensively.

There are plenty of talented players with the defensive prowess of Derren Brown, but the only thing preventing him from being the next Dirk Nowitzki is his age.

At 24, Derren Brown has one of the best defensive skills we have ever seen. (Getty Images)

Derren is not as young as he can be, though. He has been playing for about 14 months now, and he was still just 25 years old when the 2014-2015 season began. Derren now has his team’s first chance at the NBA Championship, and while he won’t be able to win it all this season and will have to rely on Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis, he will be one of the key leaders.

Derren Brown is still getting acclimated to his new position. (Getty Images)

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