Phoenix Suns Make Excellent Decision In Keeping Shannon Brown

By John Raffel
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns made an offseason decision to invest in Shannon Brown.

It’s sure to be a decision they won’t regret.

Brown can be an excellent player for the Suns and make valuable contributions from the guard spot.

Last season, he averaged 10.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game as a seventh-year NBA veteran. But when new coach Lindsey Hunter took over midway in the season, it was decided to try different lineups and Brown didn’t get the minutes he figured he would have. His shooting the last several seasons has been around 42 percent from the floor. His free-throw shooting remains solid, although for next season, his 27.7 percent in three-point shooting needs to improve.

But the decision to bring Brown back to the Suns provides depth at the guard spot. He actually didn’t see many starts in the past. He earned 41 starts over the past two seasons with Phoenix. Brown doesn’t need to be a starter with the Suns to be effective, though. Coming off the bench will be just fine for him.

His past two seasons with the Suns have produced some of the finest performances in Brown’s NBA career. It could be that his best years are still ahead of him. That’s what Phoenix would like to think. All signs indicate he can get better.

But it appeared he’d be playing somewhere else next season. The new Suns’ management and coaching staff have wisely decided to keep Brown and utilize his strengths at the guard spot. If  Brown continues to improve his game, the Suns’ decision will be an outstanding one.

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