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Shannon Brown making an early case for NBA's most improved player

57694544Watch Shannon Brown calmly set himself in triple-threat position before swishing a three-pointer, and recognize that success points to his off-season work on his shooting stroke. Watch Brown drive the lane on a pick-and-roll, cut baseline and finish with a reverse layup, and realize that his want to become more than a dunker appears genuine. Read Brown's stat line that says he scored 16 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 118-107 victory Tuesday over the Milwaukee Bucks, and conclude that he became instrumental in the team snapping a two-game losing streak. 

But here's the thing most gratifying for Lakers fans: Brown's been filling the role described above fairly consistently through all 11 games. Coach Phil Jackson contended that it was Brown and reserve guard Steve Blake who "bailed us out" in the team's season-opening 112-110 victory over Houston because of their late-game shots. Brown nearly brought the Lakers back into contention in their 121-116 loss Sunday to the Phoenix Suns with late-game three-pointers. And he's scored in double figures in six of the 11 games at a 49.4%. "Let Shannon Dunk"? Forget that -- the new campaign should be "Let Shannon Shoot."

That's not all, however. With all the shots, energy and cohesiveness he's brought off the bench, Brown's making a serious case as the NBA's most improved player. Obviously, the Lakers' (9-2) have 71 more games to go before figuring out if Brown's early-season performance holds up, but so far he's making the right strides to put himself in that position.

"Being on this team around Kobe [Bryant] and seeing the work ethic he needs to have in the offseason has propelled him into the category of being a candidate for most improved player in the league this year," former Laker and KCAL-9 analyst James Worthy said on the postgame telecast. "Sometimes players are good in college, but they are still late bloomers. Michael Jordan, for example, was a pretty good player in college, a raw player, but he got better and better as his career went on. That's the same thing we're seeing in a player like Shannon Brown."

His development shouldn't be that surprising. After all, when the Lakers acquired him in the 2008-09 season along with Adam Morrison for Vladimir Radmanovic, he instantly transformed from just joining his fourth NBA team in four years to becoming a fan favorite for his acrobatic dunks. His invitation to last season's NBA dunk contest solidified that reputation, but his improved numbers from 3.2 points per game in 7.6 minutes per game in the 2008-09 season to 8.1 points in 20.7 minutes per game in the 2009-10 season indicated vast improvement and upside.

But what is surprising is how quickly Brown's elevated his game to an average of 10.3 ppg and moving beyond his reputation as solely a dunker. After all, Jackson predicted that no one outside of Lamar Odom would play more than 20 minutes per game this season, a promise that has remained true for Brown, who averages 18.6 minutes per contest.

"I never stopped trying to get better," Brown told to KCAL-9's John Ireland after the game. "I love this game. This is what I love to do. If you want to be the best, you have to work at it. That's what I did all summer. That's what I do every summer. I try to be a student of the game, watching film and all that. I try to get better every year.

That attitude opens up more possibilities in what's in store the rest of the season. If Brown can showcase his worth so much to make Sasha Vujacic's minutes completely irrelevant, how much more could he eat into Bryant's minutes when Jackson feels the need to pace Kobe so he remains healthy for the playoffs? If Brown can transform himself from a well-meaning player who made offensive and defensive mistakes last season to a mature and experienced reserve this season, how many more games will he and Blake "bail out" the team like they did in the season opener? And if Brown's numbers already exceed last season's, how much more will it go up as he continues to gain confidence?

Surely there will be setbacks. For example, Brown followed the hype surrounding the NBA dunk contest with an underwhelming performance. His right-hand injury also severely affected his play in the second half of the season. But it's no coincidence that Brown's value has grown. It points back to his attitude and determination to improve. Don't expect that to change anytime soon.

"I'm a smarter basketball player," Brown told Ireland. "If you can really see what's going on out there, that's when you can be your most effective. That's what I'm trying to do."

-- Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers guard Shannon Brown celebrates after hitting a shot during the Lakers' 118-107 victory over the host Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. Credit: Darren Hauck / EPA.

 
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Shannon Is the most improved player in this early season. Much of it is due his shooting and confidence in his game, which he lacked last season. I've been calling for PJ to play UPS alongside Kobe for a long long time.. and this is why. It builds his confidence and Kobe also keeps a leash on him and releases it when he sees UPS is HOT!

That's what Brown can do for you!

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SHANNONS TIME IS HERE – MOST IMPROVVED PLAYER – BANDWAGON
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(01) LAKERTRUTH – OWNER - WOW, Shannon Brown was unbelievable. Great to see Phil play
him and Blake to close out the game
(02) G in DC(aka GDUB) – DRIVER1| I said it on the Live Chat but, as of t'day, Shannon could
very well be the most improved player in the Association.
(03) LROB –DRIVER2 - Shannon...Spartan Dawg doing his thang...look out! Good call on Shannon
for the NBA's MIP award (Most Improved Player). If he keeps playing like this he'll definitely be
in the running.


(14) RICK FRIEDMAN - Hard not to notice a greatly improved Shannon Brown
(15) CHICNSTU - Shannon Is the most improved player in this early season. Much of it is due his
shooting and confidence in his game, which he lacked last season. I've been calling for PJ to play
UPS alongside Kobe for a long long time.. and this is why. It builds his confidence and Kobe also
keeps a leash on him and releases it when he sees UPS is HOT! hat's what Brown can do for you!
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Mamba24,

Don`t worry about LBJ. The Beatles wrote a song about him also..."I`m a Loser"!

In the meantime, Celtic radio announcer, Cornbread "Maxwell Silver Hammer", just wants you to make sure the Lakers "Get Back" to the Finals.

I'M LOVIN' ME SOME KILLER B's!!!!!!!

Another great analysis MM, you've been on quite a roll this season!


Mamba: I musta snuck onto that Shan-WOW! bus so early in training camp that you mighta missed me...

Shan-WOW! might not only get most improved player, which he seems to be by a longshot - but will press L.O. for 6th man. He has not only improved his shooting, but has done so by leaps and bounds. His decision making is also much better, he's not hesitant on the court at all. He is playing with such confidence that it's a beautiful thing.

I love it whenever a talented player/good person bounces around the league, GM's and coaches seemingly too stupid to identify the quality they have in their midst, and they end up coming to the Lakers, finding a home and staying. From B-Shaw to Ron Ron, Rick Fox to Blake and Barnes, the Lakers have frequently brought in these kind of overlooked players and have watched them blossom. ShanWOW! has been a fan-fave from day one so it's been especially sweet to see his game improve so much.

Best thing of all, he hasn't lost a bit of his hops! I'd say if he continues his hot shooting he's a shoo-in for most-improved, we can let L.O. take the 6th man since then they'd both be winning something.

Another much warranted THANK YOU to Mitch, he has truly learned much from Master West and is showing it!

ShanWOW! for Space Cadet VladRad - that wasn't a steal, it's more like robbing the US Mint!

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GO LAKERS!!!!!

After a big W last night, I would like to dedicate this song to our friendly troll, Red. He provides the necessary spice to the blog.

In asnwer to tat "I'm A Loser", I will borrow the phrase of Phred.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTF_wJW7N4g

Now Shannon needs someone to teach him shot selection and when to act like a journyman and make it look like doing cool stuff is just business as usual.

JR

Don`t worry about LBJ. The Beatles wrote a song about him also..."I`m a Loser"!In the meantime, Celtic radio announcer, Cornbread "Maxwell Silver Hammer", just wants you to make sure the Lakers "Get Back" to the Finals.Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | November 17, 2010 at 08:25 AM
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LMAO!! Very good sir. I like that spirit, why one would almost call it Swagger. Just be careful because you know Princess Jimmy is still taking notes. I don't think the Lakers will have too much trouble getting back to the finals you know we do have that lil switch that we turn on at playoff time at which time a whole new Lakers team appears. You might have a little trouble getting there but not by the Heat. Warn your boys watch out for the Bulls. When Boozer comes back they are going to be a MONSTER. They do have your old defensive coach now so he knows all the Celtics secrets. So you might want to change up your defensive schemes a lil bit.

Good morning Mamba24 & the fabulous Laker morning CRUE!!


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WOW - I enjoyed last night's game so much!! I am officially impressed with Shannon Brown. You can tell how much work he put into his game this summer - true. But you can also see just exactly how Kobe Bryant's work ethic and approach to the game has influenced this young man. Shannon is a sponge. He's soaking in the knowledge and experience he has at his fingertips and is making the most of it, as evidenced by his complete confidence out there on the court. Most improved? I should say so. His progression as a player is a joy to behold, and his maturity as a young man is also on display. Go forth and play Shannon! Do your thang! The Lakers and the Nation love you for it!


I'm hoping for a DC sighting in the game tonight. Throw the kid out there and let him work awhile. I want the raw to get rubbed off - a little experience under his belt will be needed as the season progresses.


I sure hope RonRon's ok.


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Catch you this afternoon peeps - have a great day!

Oh - almost forgot - music CRUE: my commute is just about to begin, so let's see.... I think 2Pac's I Get Around is on there at the moment actually, but I can't find the version I want on the google... :) The next one up was K7's Come Baby Come but I really didn't want to post that video LOL!


So - Retha wins today:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DZ3_obMXwU

And this works on a couple of different levels!


GO LAKERS!!
Let the hunt for 6 begin - DFish
Nothing but another title will suffice - KBryant
WE GOT THIS - justa

He is definitely the MIP of the season thus far. He is putting up 10.3 ppg and won us the game last night!

Hey Guys,MM

A great analysis discussing strategies to defend Rondo from NBA playbook - Just wanted to share it here.Take care everyone.

http://nbaplaybook.com/2010/11/15/did-dallas-show-us-how-to-stop-rajon-rondo/

Amit

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SHANNONS TIME IS HERE – MOST IMPROVED PLAYER – BANDWAGON
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(01) LAKERTRUTH – OWNER - WOW, Shannon Brown was unbelievable. Great to see Phil play
him and Blake to close out the game


(09) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - WOW - I enjoyed last night's game so much!! I am officially impressed with Shannon Brown. You can tell how much work he put into his game this summer - true. But you can also see just exactly how Kobe Bryant's work ethic and approach to the game has influenced this young man. Shannon is a sponge. He's soaking in the knowledge and experience he has at his fingertips and is making the most of it, as evidenced by his complete confidence out there on the court. Most improved? I should say so. His progression as a player is a joy to behold, and his maturity as a young man is also on display. Go forth and play Shannon! Do your thang! The Lakers and the Nation love you for it!


(16) LUV-THOSE-LAKERS - Shannon was definitely the man last nite. His offense is so
improved I now EXPECT him to make every shot, as I used to with Kobe.
(17) LANCE FROM DA BRONX - BUT DON'T JUST LOVE WHAT SHANNON DID TO
IMPROVE HIS GAME, THIS GROWTH OF A PLAYER IS REALLY A JOY TO SEE
(18) CYBERCOSMIX - Shan-WOW! might not only get most improved player, which he seems to be by a longshot - but will press L.O. for 6th man. He has not only improved his shooting, but has done so by leaps and bounds. His decision making is also much better, he's not hesitant on the court at all. He is playing with such confidence that it's a beautiful thing. I love it whenever a talented player/good person bounces around the league, GM's and coaches seemingly too stupid to identify the quality they have in their midst, and they end up coming to the Lakers, finding a home and staying. From B-Shaw to Ron Ron, Rick Fox to Blake and Barnes, the Lakers have frequently brought in these kind of overlooked players and have watched them blossom. ShanWOW! has been a fan-fave from day one so it's been especially sweet to see his game improve so much. Best thing of all, he hasn't lost a bit of his hops! I'd say if he continues his hot shooting he's a shoo-in for most-improved, we can let L.O. take the 6th man since then they'd both be winning something. Another much warranted THANK YOU to Mitch, he has truly learned much from Master West and is showing it! ShanWOW! for Space Cadet VladRad - that wasn't a steal, it's more like robbing the US Mint!
(19) JOLLYRANCHER - Now Shannon needs someone to teach him shot selection and when to act like a journyman and make it look like doing cool stuff is just business as usual.
(20) RAMMNEETKB24 - He is definitely the MIP of the season thus far. He is putting up 10.3 ppg and won us the game last night!

OUTSTANDING POST BLOG GOD!! YOU JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER!

shannon deserves this success so far this season. always loved this demeaner and his desire to get better and help the team.
farmar demeaner was far diferrent. now hes gone. good.
vlad - space cadet, now he is gone. good.
sasha - he be gone too after this year. he might do a little something here and there, but he be gone.
blake - solid addition, class guy, smart player and can hit the 3's. he will get more assists as soon as he learns to shoot off the dribble. defenders will come to him and he will find the open man. he will log more minutes than fish but fish will continue to make clutch plays for the lakers and will finish most games.
barnes - not to be under estimated. weak clubs don't really think they need him. championship clubs with veterans like the lakers, knows he is vital. just a solid, tough, active, positive energy.

We need Bynum back, but i'm glad it turned out this way. Better for him to start the season slow and then peak in may and june. its great when the lakers win without him and then when he steps on the floor, the lakers look dominant. opposing team are intimidated. Including the celts and heat.

Luke will get minutes here and there and depending on the game he will get more. His midrange shots will improve and his passing will be nifty. Phil loves vederans like him. Smart, plays the right way and gets the job done.

Ebanks will shine over the other rookie if he can get some minutes. But there is no place for him in the rotation right now.

I like blake and barnes playing with starters. they know their roles and compliment kobe, pau, lamar really well. if its all 2nd unit out there then the roles get a little muddy. brown can play with anyone, he's the new kobe of the 2nd unit.

new rule about demonstrative action, sucks. this is not helping basketball. mr. stern, reverse this now before more bs happens around this. we already have a rule for players that displays over demonstrative action or argues too much or displays bad sportsmanship in general. its called a technical foul. if the dude does it again then he gets tossed out. its a good rule. we don't need another one.

amurasa (the lady from italy) - you are gorgeous

lakertom - keep posting! good insights

hobbitage - whats with the bynum bashing? he's on our side dude!

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Coach Kobe written by Arash Markazi

"No one on the Lakers is happier for Brown's emergence then Bryant, who took Brown under his wing as soon as he was traded to the Lakers two years ago and has mentored him into the all-around player he has become this season."

"He's a worker," said Bryant, who called Brown his little brother. "He's talented, physically gifted, but he puts the work in."

To read article go to:
http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/kobe/index?postId=5815736

Way to bring 'em along Kobe!

Go Kobe!
Go ShanWOW!
Go Lakers!

amurasa (the lady from italy) - you are gorgeousPosted by: C. River | November 17, 2010 at 09:36 AM
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Of course she is gorgeous you don't think just anybody can be The Lakers Blog Goddess! She is also extremely intelligent, funny, poetic and very knowlegeable about basketball.

WHEW!

Next!

--FEARless

To read article go to: http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/kobe/index?postId=5815736Posted by: Fan of the Mamba | November 17, 2010 at 10:27 AM
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Thanks for the article link. This just proves it. This season is going to be one for the ages!!!

Good Morning Nation!!!

I love the smell of Mamba24's Roll Call in the morning...LEWSTRS checking in...

ShanWOW is the MAN!!! He put in alot of work during the summer, and it shows...Please include me in the MIP bandwagon...

Dedicated to Mr. ShanWOW Brown: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=oZ5QLXTUTRA

@LRob - my flavor today...I missing the old hood in Cali...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFMLARtqxCY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs9hp4ubU1k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZDlnU5zwwE

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!


Shannon is definitely the difference-maker off the bench this year. The person that should be most excited by this should be the great Kobe Bryant. He now has a guy that will allow him to dominate in short stretches during the regular season and finish games fresh. And with Fisher getting ready to retire in the next two, the Lakers could finally have the prototypical shooting guard/point guard in the triangle alongside Kobe for years to come.

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SHANNONS TIME IS HERE – MOST IMPROVED PLAYER – BANDWAGON
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No one on the Lakers is happier for Brown's emergence then Bryant, who took Brown under
his wing as soon as he was traded to the Lakers two years ago and has mentored him into
the all-around player he has become this season." "He's a worker," said Bryant, who called Brown
his little brother. "He's talented, physically gifted, but he puts the work in."@ Arash Markazi
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(01) LAKERTRUTH – OWNER - WOW, Shannon Brown was unbelievable. Great to see Phil play
him and Blake to close out the game
(02) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – CO-OWNER - Shannon's my name and he's got the game! Woohoo!


(24) LAKERFAN32 - know it's too early in the season, but I honestly think Shannon Brown
deserves the "most improved player" of the year award! He just keeps getting better!
(25) DON’T BLAME DELHARRIS - Shannon "Mickey Mouse Hands" Brown for MIP 2011!
(26) TNTLAKERFAN - Shannon is definitely the difference-maker off the bench this year. The
person that should be most excited by this should be the great Kobe Bryant. He now has a guy
that will allow him to dominate in short stretches during the regular season and finish games
fresh. And with Fisher getting ready to retire in the next two, the Lakers could finally have
the prototypical shooting guard/point guard in the triangle alongside Kobe for years to come.

8ppg to 10ppg doesn't win you a most improved player award. Only way he gets it is if his shooting keeps up and he starts getting some of Fisher's minutes.

Used to be i would cringe at times that Shannon had the ball and it wasn't on a breakaway. Now when he's got it, i'm yelling SHOOT IT! Love that kid.

Throw me on the MIP Bandwagon. Pronto!

Do we remember the last person Kobe took under his wing who also took to Kobe like a fish to water?

Caron Butler.

Well, he got traded (that was bad). But, he also continued along the path of enlightenment set forth by Kobe and went on to become an All Star. No doubt ShanWOW is aware of this and is availing himself of this awesome opportunity.

The sky, for Shannon, is obviously the limit.

--FEARless

Brown is a very hungry player. But I'm enticed to examine a little bit the influence having Kobe and Blake in the backcourt has on Brown. I don't want to overstate it in the sense that Shannon is self motivated and he's eager to learn. But I'm sure he's picked up some tricks of the trade on how to properly prepare and work to get better


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