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I figure by now there are a number of Lakers fans trying to figure out where this Shannon Brown kid came from. You know, the guy who seemingly has taken over the first-guard-off-the-bench role.
Brown came over as more of a throw-in for Vladimir Radmonovic. Even I expected No. 3 pick in the 2007 draft, Adam Morrison, to be the main part of that trade. So far, looks like I was wrong.
Brown is the type of big point guard Phil Jackson loves. The triangle does not require a true point guard, and the Lakers have plenty of versatile players who can bring the ball up, which means Brown can focus on the things he is good at.
In a three-game stretch vs. Sacramento, Denver, and Portland, he hit 9-13 from the field, including 4-4 from three. He had 24 points, four assists, six rebounds, three steals, and only one turnover in 45 minutes over those three games.
Even more impressive is the fact he has shown the ability to bring the ball up, finish in the open court, and still manage to play solid defense on Beno Udrih, Chauncey Billups, and Steve Blake.
He had a +16 in Sacramento, +14 vs Denver, and -1 in Portland.
During that same stretch, Farmar had gone 1-12 with seven points and six assists in 34 total minutes. He had a +12, +4, and -1 vs. Sacramento, Denver, and Portland, respectively.
While he tailed off in the Memphis game (three points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal, zero turnovers on 1-4 shooting), he has shown a nice all-around game, and who knows? He may have worked his way into Phil’s playoff rotation.
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