Last Thursday the Suns signed former Lakers guard Shannon Brown to a one-year, $3.5 million deal.
While Brown only averaged 8.7 points per game during last season, the former slam-dunk competitor provided the Lakers with a spark offensively off the bench.
Brown is worth a lot more than what he averaged in points last year. After all, he only averaged 19.1 minutes per game—a downside of playing as a backup to Kobe Bryant.
Now that Brown has arrived in Phoenix, it looks like his biggest competition at shooting guard will be second-year returner Josh Childress.
Childress was in a similar situation last season when he was playing behind Suns scoring tandem Jason Richardson and Vince Carter. When Richardson was traded to the Orlando Magic, Childress was given more playing time, but lackluster performances cost him his spot in the rotation.
Fortunately for Childress, Carter was waived by the team a day after Brown's signing, and the two are expected to compete for playing time.
As of right now, Childress will most likely be the starter because of his experience in head coach Alvin Gentry's system, but don't be surprised if Brown takes over the starting role during the season.
Phoenix loves to push the basketball on offense, and point guard Steve Nash is the best in the game at setting teammates up for big plays.
At 6'4", Brown is somewhat small for a shooting guard, but he plays above the rim. Some of Brown's dunks were regularly featured on television highlight reels.
Brown's athleticism should mesh well in a fast-paced offense, and Nash is going to love setting up alley-oops with a strong finisher.
Brown didn't get his chance to shine in L.A., but Phoenix will certainly give him the best opportunity to show people that he can be a starter in this league.
On Jan. 10, the Suns will battle the Lakers in what will be Brown's return to L.A. Look for Brown to have a big game and show the Lakers why letting him go was a mistake.