Andrew Goudelock: Can He Replace Shannon Brown in the LA Lakers Lineup?

Whenever the players and owners come to their senses and the NBA lockout ends, the Los Angeles Lakers will be forced to confront their issues with free agent guard Shannon Brown.

Brown decided to opt out of his contract at the end of last season, and the Lakers must decide if they want to attempt to persuade Brown to stay in Los Angeles or let him seek his fortune elsewhere.

Fortunately, there is a possibility that Brown's replacement may already be on the Lakers roster.

The Lakers used their second pick of the 2011 NBA Draft on guard Andrew Goudelock from College of Charleston in South Carolina, and Goudelock has some of the same qualities as Brown and a few that he doesn't.

When you strip away Brown's athleticism and rim-rattling dunks, what you have left is a player who averaged 8.7 points per game, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists, while shooting 42 percent from the field.

I guess those are decent numbers, but certainly not the type that makes a player invaluable, and Brown's intangible assets are not likely to create to much of a stir either.

Brown's career with the Lakers has been an exercise in controlled futility, since he has rarely lived up to his potential as a player and as a Laker.

It was once thought that Brown could be a defensive stopper for the team, but he is wildly inconsistent on that end of the floor, and has yet to show the desire to be anything more than a marginal defensive player.

Some people also envisioned Brown as a dual backcourt threat, but in truth he doesn't handle the ball well enough to merit extended time at point guard, and his offensive game is not advanced enough to be a suitable substitute for Kobe Bryant.

What Brown does really well is dunk, and while Goudelock's game may not have that type of flash, it might have a little more substance.

During his senior season in Charleston, Goudelock averaged 23.7...

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