The Undiscovered, The Underachieving, NBA Future Talents

Martin GuzmanContributor IMarch 31, 2010

PHOENIX - DECEMBER 28:  Shannon Brown #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers in action during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on December 28, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Suns defeated the Lakers 118-103. 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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The NBA is a league with 360 active players ( does not include injured reserved ). We are all aware of the teams that are successful and unsuccessful. That does not go below our radar. However out of those 360 active NBA players only a small percentage are selected to attend the All Star festivities.  

There are about 1 in a million chances that an American basketball player makes the NBA. Whenever a late 1st round pick enters the NBA his talents are always doubted or underestimated. NBA rookies do take a couple of years to develop their potential and gain experience and confidence. However there are many potential talents that are carelessly coached and mistaken. 

Sometimes these gifted basketball players cant handle the NBA pressure and are eventually released. However there are still resilient talents hidden in NBA rosters. If you are an avid Lakers fanatic you will be very interested with my following choice.

The reason why all these players have not been recognized yet or performed at their highest potential is because they're talents and strong points are not well addressed or emphasized. NBA scouts and couches focus too much on a rookies weaknesses. He has to exploit all of his advantages and qualities before criticizing him.  

Shannon Brown is one of 2 backup point guards on the Los Angeles Lakers squad. He came out of Michigan State with a lot of potential and was gifted with the ability to score. He is powerfully built at 6'3 200 pounds. His athleticism and incredible quickness is highly regarded. He is a quick and long defender and can defend any point guard in the NBA. He is utilized as a reliable roll player on the infamous Lakers.

His weaknesses have not been outspoken this year. He has not turned the ball over and is developing a much more consistent jump shot and can score in various situations. He is under the shade of many great players on that roster. He is used as a backup PG!!! He reminds me a lot of Mo Williams. He is not as diligent at the point guard position but he has just as much scoring talent as Mo. 

The Los Angeles Lakers are too talented and experienced to give the starting gig to Shannon. His qualities are greatly undermined and mis used. He could easily be a starting point guard on various rosters in the NBA. A good fit for him would be the starting point guard position on the Minnesota Timberwolves. He has very little limitations and NBA scouts should recognize his abilities and potential to be one of the elite NBA point guards.