L.A. Lakers: Is Shannon Brown the Front-Runner for the NBA’s 6th Man Award?

Los Angeles Lakers guard Shannon Brown finally seems to get it.

Since Brown first made his way to Los Angeles via Charlotte, Lakers' fans have been impressed by Brown's athleticism, his rim-rattling dunks, energy and, most importantly, his potential.

Most of us have wondered how good Brown could be if his skills ever caught up to his athleticism. This season may be providing a glimpse of what lies ahead.

Brown has been the most consistent reserve for the Lakers so far this season. His 11.3 points per game, 52-percent shooting from the field, and 51-percent shooting from the three-point line are the highest numbers of his career.

Everyone figured that Brown was capable of putting up those type of numbers once he became comfortable with his game. But I'm not sure anyone anticipated what Brown displayed Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.

In a 118-107 Lakers win Brown scored 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 shooting from the three-point line. And 16 of his 21 points came in the fourth quarter, when the Lakers wrested the game away from the Bucks.

Brown has said his goal is to win the NBA's Sixth Man award. A few more performances like Tuesday's can bring that dream closer to reality.

There was nothing but praise for Brown from his teammates and the Bucks. Former Cleveland teammate Drew Gooden called Brown's fourth-quarter performance one of the most efficient he's ever seen.

Teammate Kobe Bryant said that Brown is playing with more confidence, he's looking for his shot more, and his defense has also improved. Bryant went on to say that Brown is still only touching the tip of the iceberg as far as his potential goes, and there is more to come.

Coach Phil Jackson echoed Bryant's words and also added that Brown has progressed tremendously from last season. But there are still several areas of his game that can improve.


About the Author