Ever since Bruce Brown came into the NBA as an unheralded second-round pick by the Pistons in 2018, he’s known he’d have to make defense his calling card. And after joining the star-studded Nets, he didn’t suddenly get confused about his job description.

Traded to a team with stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and a potent offense, Brown admits it’s going to be his ability to guard and willingness to grind that gets him out on the floor. And he’s fine doing yeoman’s work.

“Yeah, that’s definitely going to be my role,” said Brown, 24, who arrived along with Landry Shamet in a three-way deal with Detroit. “Scoring-wise, that’s KD, Kyrie, we’ve got Caris [LeVert], Joe [Harris]. I think I just come in and bring a dog mentality on the defensive end, and match up with the best offensive player every night.”

That’s exactly what the Nets have been looking for this offseason.