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5 Things Shannon Brown Needs To Improve to Help Lakers Reviewed by Momizat on . In the 2009-2010 season, Shannon Brown became an immediate fan favorite for his thrilling dunks and pure athleticism.  Whenver Brown was running down the court In the 2009-2010 season, Shannon Brown became an immediate fan favorite for his thrilling dunks and pure athleticism.  Whenver Brown was running down the court Rating:
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5 Things Shannon Brown Needs To Improve to Help Lakers

In the 2009-2010 season, Shannon Brown became an immediate fan favorite for his thrilling dunks and pure athleticism.  Whenver Brown was running down the court during a fast-break, the Staples and at home audience held their breath awaiting what Brown would do with the ball, which he seemed to never disappoint.  Brown provided an exciting spark to the bench and to the Lakers.

However, Shannon Brown had a roller coaster season last year.  Brown started off last season with a bang, proving that he was a solid contributer to the team.  At the beginning stage of the regular season, Brown displayed his much improved jump shot, which he added to his arsenal during the offseason.  But as the season rolled on, Brown’s performance became inconsistent and, at times, erratic.  Brown, like several other Lakers, seemed to disappear during the first and second round of the playoffs.

The Lakers need Shannon Brown’s youth, athleticism, and energy, especially coming off the bench.  There are five things that Brown should work on this offseason in order to play to his fullest capabilities and help the Lakers reach the Finals and win the championship once again.

1. Jumper —  Brown has proven that he has a nice jump shot in his bag of tricks.  At the beginning of last season, his percentage was up and expectations began to grow.  Lakers fans know Brown can get to the rim and finish, but to become an NBA star a player cannot be a one trick pony.  A consistent jumper would balanced out Brown’s game nicely and make him harder to defend.

2. Ball Control —  As the last season rolled on, Brown seemed to loose control of the ball at times.  Costly turnovers can mess with a player’s mentality.  Brown needs to work on his ball control and needs to reduce his turnovers.

3. Drive the Ball —  As Lakers fans know, Brown is probably the most athletic player of the roster besides Kobe Bryant.  The height he can reach when making a dunk is quite impressive.  Brown has decent speed and has the ability to finish.  Therefore, to create opportunities and confuse defenders, Brown needs to return to his number one offensive move: drive the lane.

4. Passing —  With the point guard position being one of the weaknesses of the current Lakers team, a high passer rating is a necessity among all five guys on the court, specifically with both guards.  When a team shares the ball, the defense has to play catch up, which puts the offense in control.  Brown needs to improve his court awareness and be able to find the best opportunity to score, whether that means pass, drive, or pull-up.

5. Defense –  Kobe Bryant is a great defensive player at the 2 guard position.  When Brown replace Kobe, viewers can see the difference in defense with Kobe and Brown.  With Mike Brown already stating that defense will be a priority to the Lakers under his watch, Brown need to step up his defensive game.

Last season, Brown seemed to rely on three point attempts to bail him out instead of driving the ball or creating opportunities for other teammates.  He wasn’t playing his game, which had an obvious effect on his performance.  Lakers GM, Mitch Kupchak, recently stated that Brown hasn’t stated his intentions to the Lakers as of yet of whether or not he will choose to exercise his player option to go into free agency or if he will stay with the team.  Regardless, Brown needs to make definite improvements to his game in order to fully contribute to the Lakers and return the Larry O’Brien trophy back to Los Angeles.

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Elizabeth is a graduate from Arizona State University and has her master's from Duquesne University. She is currently an associate editor at Lakers Nation. To read more of Elizabeth's articles click here. You can also follow Elizabeth on Twitter @Gobibs

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  • Fabuloso2308

    on number 2 ball control… you misspelled lose…. its not loose control

    • Fabuloso2308

      GOOD STORY. SHANNON DOES NEED TO IMPROVE

  • Joey

    The Lakers should either make him the starting point guard, or sign and trade him.  There is no point keeping him as a backup shooting guard, because we need a tall 3-pointer shooter there instead.

  • Anonymous

    Kupcheck said that Brown is going to become a free agent so the whole point is moot.

  • Jackfahrenthold

    Shannon Brown has the Pieces to be a more then acceptable backup for Kobe. You have brought up some good points. However, passing is really not that important to his game. Brown is not a facilitator. That is Mitch’s job to go out and find that back up point guard that can get the ball to Shannon in his spots. I agree, I think he needs to be more aggressive on the drive. He needs to use his body and power to the rim. Also obviously over the offseason he will get some shots up and will hopefully come back stronger next year regarding his stroke. Another point you made was his defense. Clearly Shannon Brown has the physical ability to defend. At this point it comes down to his desirer. How bad does he really want to get better and contribute to the teams success. Last, and in my opinion your best topic. Shannon Brown at this 
    time has no business handeling the ball. he dribbles with his head down when running, he often loses the handle and rarely makes the right decision. He is simply not a point guard. The point guard position is clearly where the Lakers trouble lies. Next they need a more reliable back up post player to relieve Andrew and Pau. And finally if they can get a knockdown three point shooter. Those three things combined would put the Lakers in a very comfortable position heading into next season. As a side note. If Matt Barnes gets his perimeter game together we wouldn’t need that (pure shooter) as much.

  • Jackfahrenthold

    Shannon Brown has the Pieces to be a more then acceptable backup for Kobe. You have brought up some good points. However, passing is really not that important to his game. Brown is not a facilitator. That is Mitch’s job to go out and find that back up point guard that can get the ball to Shannon in his spots. I agree, I think he needs to be more aggressive on the drive. He needs to use his body and power to the rim. Also obviously over the offseason he will get some shots up and will hopefully come back stronger next year regarding his stroke. Another point you made was his defense. Clearly Shannon Brown has the physical ability to defend. At this point it comes down to his desirer. How bad does he really want to get better and contribute to the teams success. Last, and in my opinion your best topic. Shannon Brown at this 
    time has no business handeling the ball. he dribbles with his head down when running, he often loses the handle and rarely makes the right decision. He is simply not a point guard. The point guard position is clearly where the Lakers trouble lies. Next they need a more reliable back up post player to relieve Andrew and Pau. And finally if they can get a knockdown three point shooter. Those three things combined would put the Lakers in a very comfortable position heading into next season. As a side note. If Matt Barnes gets his perimeter game together we wouldn’t need that (pure shooter) as much.

  • Simplycj3

    What Shannon Brown need to do is ! 1) stop outrunning the ball, slow down. 2) they trust you so don’t get
    anxious and know that you are a good player, Kobe & the team trust you to play the game as they know that you can play.  We fans loves you & really know how you can play.  3) always trust your skills. 4) take your time and pass the ball if necessary to another teammate.  “You are good and you have to prove that as a fact!  We love you Shannon Brown!!

  • Kingcurl

    Pau for Kevin Love straight up if necessary but if we can get a good ball control, defending guard  is the process great. It’s obvious how teams will play us in the playoff’s from now on. They will attach Pau, forcing us to double team and try to cheat defencively to protect him, which makes us even weaker.

    Pau is great but his time with us has passed. and we can rely on him as a leader on the offense. In order to be competitive next year we must get stronger on the defensive side, as the graud and power forward position.

  • Kigncurl

    As to Shannon, I love the guy and would like to see hin stay a Laker, however he must improve his defense and be able to play defense without fouling, as most of the Lakers have a problem with.

    If we can re-sign him for value ok but go or stay we must get the a a good defensive ball control guard. Blake needs to improve as well if he expect to take over for the “Fish” but until someone better comes along, the Fish is the man.

  • Randy

    Shannon is most likely opting out…so what he NEEDS to tell is say IN or OUT.

  • Anonymous

    Trade him for Baron Davis?

  • Evilmrchicken

    wait…Shannon is returning to the Lakers? I thought he wasn’t…

  • Evilmrchicken

    wait…Shannon is returning to the Lakers? I thought he wasn’t…

  • celtic/heat/anybody killa

    he needs to work on his jumper, ability to drive, passing, defense, and less turnovers………….IN OTHER WORDS HE NEEDS TO WORK ON HIS WHOLE GAME!!!

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