Can Shannon Brown Help San Antonio Spurs?
The San Antonio Spurs are dealing with a recent outbreak on the team, and they are desperately looking for a cure. The virus spreading is known as the injury bug and the vaccine may be Shannon Brown, who has been signed to a 10-day contract by the Spurs.
After trying NBDL standout Othyus Jeffers on a 10-day contract, San Antonio dove into the free agent pool to grab their latest fix for the missing guards Danny Green and Manu Ginobili. In four appearances, Jeffers scored seven points in 34 total minutes. Needless to say, the performance was not worthy enough for an extension on the temporary contract and it was an easy separation for Jeffers and the Spurs.
The question remains, what can Brown bring to the table and will he be more effective than Jeffers? In his last stint with the Phoenix Suns in the 2012-13 season, Brown averaged 10.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. His strengths lay in his unmatched athleticism, which he can use in a variety of ways. His lanky 6-foot-4 frame can cause disturbances on defense and shorten passing lanes for the offense.
In 2010-11 while with the Los Angeles Lakers, Brown racked up 67 steals just one year after winning an NBA championship. He is a great finisher at the rim and a decent offensive rebounder, which the Spurs are lacking this year.
An inconsistent jumper and the injury-prone tag may be some concerns that Gregg Popovich will take into consideration during this 10-day trial period. Nevertheless, Brown will be a welcomed able-body on the perimeter that has been lacking since early this season. Only time will tell, but he has a legitimate chance to find a new home in San Antonio.