Tony Brown joined the Dallas Mavericks as an assistant coach prior to the 2011-2012 season.
Before that he had been an assistant with the Los Angeles Clippers. Overall, Brown has spent 11 seasons as an NBA assistant coach, serving a three-year stint with the Boston Celtics (2004-2007) before joining the Milwaukee Bucks for the 2007-2008 season. Prior to his three years in Boston, Brown served as the lead assistant to Kevin O'Neill in Toronto (2003-2004). He also spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons from 2001-2003 under head coach Rick Carlisle. During his time with the Pistons, the club registered back-to-back 50-win seasons, captured two Central Division titles and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2003. From 1997-2001, he was an assistant coach with Portland. He made his start in the NBA as an advance scout in Milwaukee from 1994-1997.
In seven seasons as an NBA player, Brown split his time with nine teams, finishing with career averages of 6.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in 359 games. His best statistical season came in 1986-1987 with New Jersey when he averaged 11.3 points in 30.4 minutes per game. The University of Arkansas product was a fourth-round draft choice of New Jersey in the 1982 NBA Draft.
Brown also played in the Continental Basketball Association (Lancaster Lightening, Ohio Mixers, Kansas City Sizzlers and Albany Patroons) and overseas with Reggio Emilio in the Italian League (1992-1994).