Looking at the San Antonio Spurs bench, one thing becomes clear; the Spurs have placed a high value on having players that shoot from the perimeter over players who rely strictly on their athletic ability.
During the past couple of playoffs, this lack of athleticism has came back to haunt them. The Oklahoma City Thunder's athletic ability proved to be too much for the Spurs to overcome in the 2012 playoffs.
In last season's Finals, the Spurs were having Tiago Splitter guard Dwayne Wade because the bench was not able to handle Wade.
Hence, the signing of Shannon Brown to his current ten day contract after the Othyus Jeffers experiment didn’t pan out as the Spurs had thought.
Brown’s athleticism and playoff experience will help the Spurs on both ends of the court.
He’ll provide another guard/small forward who can slash when opponents focus too much on Duncan or Splitter in the post or run out to the shooters on the perimeter.
His athleticism and his 6’ 4” frame will help on the defensive end by closing down the passing lanes quickly which can lead to easy points on the break.
Due to his inability to stay healthy, his career has taken an extended journey that sees Brown on his sixth team in his eight-year professional career. A recent report that he recently attended shootaround with jammed his middle finger that was taped during shoot round didn’t help his cause.
Brown did show his durability by playing through the injury and got on the stat sheet against the New Orleans Pelicans.
With the Rodeo Road Trip underway this is truly a make or break time for Brown. He needs to make his presence felt on the defensive end and show how that can lead to easy buckets on the other end.
This may work out. Shannon has top level experience, and has shown he can score in a variety of ways. As the article says, if he can defend against some key matchups he may stick. Again though, Brown is a SG who can handle the ball a little. Between Manu, Marco and Nando, that is a position we seem to be heavy at already. Could this be a prelude to a trade maybe?
Brown may be a great pickup. It's expected that the superstars will get their points against us, but. I'm tired of watching us losing games because no one can guard Mo Williams and Wes Matthews, Reggie Jackson, Patrick Beverly, and other sidekicks on playoff teams. If Shannon Brown can guard these guys and mix in an occasional transition dunk or 3 pointer, he's my hero!
Spurs DID NOT use Splitter on Wade in the Finals because they couldn't handle him. In fact the opposite is true. Wade was having an atrocious finals up to that game and couldn't hit any jumpers at all and so Pop decided to rub it in his face and just dare Wade to shoot by having Splitter guard him and protect the paint. It was a decent strategy as the Spurs would be able to protect the rim better and have a significant rebounding advantage. Wade had been banged up for awhile. It seemed like Wade took that personally and that was the first game that Wade went off.
Did you even watch the finals? That was a ridiculous assessment stated as fact. That you made me relive and type about that dark part of my life makes me even angrier.
Project Spurs deserves a higher standard of writing than this BS.
Adding athleticism at the 2 is irrelevant. They need to be quicker at the 4 and 5 when guarding the pick n roll . especially against OKC and Portland.
The problem I have with Shannon Brown is the same problem I have with Josh Howard and that I had with Eddy Curry, Tracy McGrady, and Antonio McDyess. We get these kinds of players only when it's been years since anyone else in the NBA wanted them. Boris Diaw is the only one of these reclamation projects that has worked out for us since back in the Robert Horry/Brent Barry days. (Although I loved TJ Ford until his injury).
Would've been exciting to get Shannon Brown 3 years ago. Hopefully he'll surprise me and be more of a Diaw than a McGrady. But so far he's shown nothing but the ability to be a warm body.
Like this move! This man can jump n dunk, EXCITE th crowd and teammates! Get some sting in these Spurs! BIG improvement over some of the reserves. SIGN him for the YEAR!
@Matthew_Tynan I was lost at inability to stay healthy, the man got a jammed finger not a broken arm.
@SweetDaydream_1 how do you explain 6 teams in 8 years
@denver3334 Nate Robinson has been on an army of teams I guess it's right to assume injuries is why?
@denver3334 release by the Wizards. Injuries haven't been an indie for Brown its Consistency
@denver3334 throw in to a trade with Adam Morrison to the Lakers. He left The Lakers for more playing time in PHX where he was traded &
@denver3334 well he was traded from the Cavs to the Bulls in which he spent majority of the time in D league. Signed with the Bobcats was a