OVERVIEW: Reserve guard Shannon Brown joined the Lakers after a Feb. 7 trade from the Charlotte Bobcats. He made an immediate impression with his athleticism and his leaping ability, in particular. He isn’t necessarily a point guard or a shooting guard, but a combo guard. That’s OK in the triangle offense because any perimeter player can set things in motion with one pass. Brown picked up the triangle quickly, averaging 3.2 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 18 games after the trade. He also averaged 4.9 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 21 playoff games. He showed a knack for getting open on the perimeter and making jump shots. He also displayed an ability to defy the rules of gravity while dunking and blocking shots, becoming a fan favorite.
QUOTEWORTHY: “I think they’re very interested in having me back. I want to be back.”
STRENGTH: Overall athleticism.
WEAKNESS: Still a bit of a raw talent.
GRADE: Incomplete because he wasn’t with the team for a full season.
CONTRACT STATUS: Unrestricted free agent July 1.
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