Lakers-Magic: Shannon Brown Should Get More Playing Time

RCFContributor IJune 11, 2009

DENVER - MAY 29:  Shannon Brown #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up for a shot over Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets in Game Six of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on May 29, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Shannon Brown has the type of athleticism that makes you say "wow"—and he isn't used enough during these playoffs.  

I know Phil Jackson has labeled him as the third-string point guard behind Jordan Farmar and Derek Fisher.  

He barely has time on the court and doesn't always get to show his talent.  

One thing he does possess is an ability to shoot.  He has shot about 40 percent behind the three-point line this postseason off the bench.

Brown did spark that one rally in Game Five against the Denver Nuggets.  He has a shooting percentage above 80 percent at the free throw line as well.  

Another thing he has is athleticism.  He has provided a few dunks to drop some jaws and has a high leaping ability.  His speed was key when defending a fast point guard like Aaron Brooks.  

There is no reason Phil Jackson should be benching Shannon Brown the way he has in this NBA Finals.  He has had a role on the bench, and that is understandable—but his minutes should be increased.  

In the first three games of the NBA Finals combined, he has played a total of 14 minutes and only has one offensive rebound to his name.  

He really should get more than thatm, given what he has shown us off the bench.  Luke Walton has been acting as point guard during a few possessions and it can lead to turnovers.  

Brown has tons to prove after being traded for last year's starting small forward.  At least put him in more.  He deserves more than what he gets.