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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lakers Sixth Man: Shannon Brown

Shannon Brown came up BIG for the Lakers dropping 16 of his 21 points in the 4th quarter tonight in the 118-107 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Brown set a goal for himself to become the 2010-11 NBA Sixth Man on the Year, which may have seemed, at first, like a bit of a stretch, but how he has played thus far only closes that gap between goal and reality.

Let's take a look at a couple numbers from Shannon Brown's performance tonight. In 21 minutes of play, Brown scored 21 points. He was 7 of 9 from the field, which includes going 4 of 5 from beyond the arch, and he did this all on the number one defense in the NBA in the Milwaukee Bucks (who give up only 89 points per game on average).

Kobe Bryant, who led the team with 31 points, praised the play of his fellow teammate, Shannon Brown, after the game, "He's even a better shooter than he was last year," Bryant said. "You see him now making plays off the dribble, making plays for others, passing off the dribble. He continues to get better. This is just the beginning for him. ".

Brown's numbers have already improved tremendously since last year in field goal percentage and three-point percentage. He is, on average, getting more playing time, more points, and also more assists than he was last season (per game).

So, what changes did he make? Well, for one, he settled down. I'm not just talking about forcing plays on the court, but I am talking about his love life. I truly believe that since he got engaged to Monica (singer), his basketball game has improved. When a man's love life is in order, most other things fall into place rather nicely in his professional life. In Brown's case, his outside jumper has seemed to fall rather nicely this season. Take, for example, Tiger Woods' situation. Healthy (undiscovered, promiscuous) love life, very healthy golf game. After his marriage was torn apart by his wrongdoings, his golf ball hasn't seemed to fall too nicely.

As long as Shannon Brown wants to keep his name on top of the ballot for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year, he better keep playing hard, playing well, and playing his cards right with his wifey.