What Can Shannon Brown Do For L.A? Time For Lakers Guard to Start Delivering

Matt SmithCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19:  Shannon Brown #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on while taking on the Utah Jazz in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. 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 Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Like the UPS slogan "What can brown do for you?", it's time for the Lakers to ask "What can Shannon Brown do for us?" 

The explosive 6'4" Brown bounced around the league before landing in the Lakers' lap.  Not a true point guard, he seemed to be a tweener who didn't quite fit most teams' game plan.  Lucky for both Brown and the Lakers though, the triangle offense does not require a "true" point guard.

Brown brings size, strength, and athleticism to the Lakers' point guard troops.  His highlight reel dunks and tough defense have forced the Lakers to make a decision between the legendary clutch veteran Derek Fisher, the former first-round draft pick and true point guard Jordan Farmar and the throw-in player Shannon Brown (Brown along with Adam Morrison were a part of last year's salary dump trade of Vladimir Radmanovic).

Laker Nation loves Derek Fisher, he is the consummate pro, a coach on the floor who sets an example of how to train, how to act and he hits HUGE shots.  Farmar has shown promise and has at times looked to be the Lakers point guard of the future, but Brown is looking like the GOODS (I know that's Odom's handle, but it fits).

He's got a 45-inch vertical leap, huge hands and is aggressive on defense.  He's strong enough to guard the bigger stronger point guards like Deron Willams, Jason Kidd or even a Dwyane Wade and quick enough to stay in front of speedy guards like Chris Paul or Tony Parker.

I'm not saying Brown will, or can, shut down any of these great guards, but he is athletic enough and strong enough to challenge them.  Fisher, on the other hand, struggles with the super-fast point guards and Farmar is to small for the big, strong guys.

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Offensively, Brown has proven he can shoot the three pointer as well as penetrate and attack the basket. He is one of the best finishers for his size and he doesn't get rattled in pressure situations.  

Moving Brown to the starting line up would give the Lakers a three-headed monster on the perimeter similar to the second championship running of the Chicago Bulls with the 6'6" Michael Jordan, 6'8" Scottie Pippen and 6'6" Ron Harper.  The Lakers would have the 6'4" Brown running with 6'6" Kobe Bryant and 6'7" Ron Artest, all able to switch and defend each other's man and able to attack on the offensive end. 

We move D-Fish to the second unit so he, along with Lamar Odom, make the Lakers' depth that much more lethal.  I'm not sure if the Lakers are considering this or not but if they haven't asked themselves the question "what can Brown do for you?"  they need to.

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