NBA Draft: Stanford’s Anthony Brown believes he can help with outside shooting

He played five seasons at the University of Stanford. So you know senior small forward Anthony Brown is not blowing smoke when he described himself as a “high IQ basketball player.”

That’s usually what happens when you attend one of the country’s most prestigious schools. Hence, Brown sounded fully aware of what his strengths could become in the NBA after finishing his last two seasons with the Cardinal shooting at least 44.1 percent from three-point range.

“I’m a great shooter,” Brown said on Thursday after working out with the Lakers at their practice facility in El Segundo. “That’s the number one thing I hang my hat on, shooting the basketball. I’m also going to defend you. I’m a three-deep player.”

The Lakers are holding workouts next Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, leaving them with plenty of options to consider for their No. 2, 27 and 34th selections in the June 25 NBA Draft.

But the Lakers sure could use some dependable outside shooting after numerous Lakers posted career-lows from the field, including Kobe Bryant (37.3%), Nick Young (36.6%) and Ryan Kelly (33.7%). Lakers guard Ronnie Price also only shot 34.5 percent. The Lakers also did not have a consistent wing defender, the options including Young and Wesley Johnson.

“I’d like to be on a team that fits me, a team that likes shooters and likes defenders,” said Brown, who also worked out with the Boston Celtics. “I’d rather do that than be on a team that doesn’t want that. The way the NBA goes, there’s a lot of shooting.”


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