L.A. Lakers: Why Shannon Brown’s Decision to Opt out Benefits L.A.

July 1st, 2011 by Mike Iorfino Leave a reply »
Don't get me wrong; I think Shannon Brown of the Los Angeles Lakers has the potential to develop into a solid role player one day.

But, potential, in itself, is dangerous to rely on. 

Take a look at the careers of Tyrus Thomas, Gerald Green and Anthony Randolph, whom entered the NBA with so much promise and potential, but have failed to live up to their expectations because—for whatever reason—they haven't grown as players.

Herein lies the problem with Brown. He hasn't drastically improved any aspect of his game since entering the league five years ago. 

Sure, he is a terrific athlete who is one of the game's best finishers on fast breaks (just don't watch highlights of the 2010 Slam Dunk Contest), but what else has Brown proven that he can do?

At 6'4", Brown is undersized for a shooting guard and lacks the vision, mentality and passing ability to be a true point guard in this league. 

So, what does that make him?

A career 33.7 percent three-point shooting combo guard who has an inconsistent jumper and is just a mediocre defender?

Again, I loved Brown as a ...

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