Anthony Brown of Stanford University was selected 34th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers. Brown spent four years at Stanford after redshirting one year due to an injured hip. He is known for being a knockdown three point shooter. In his last season at Stanford he converted a gaudy 47 percent of his three point attempts. As a shooting guard, Brown has tremendous size at 6’7” and could also slide over to the small forward position if need be. In the second round he was a good selection for the Lakers, as they are a team that struggled from beyond the arc last season. Playing off of Kobe Bryant he could get many open looks.
With his size he will have no trouble getting his shot off over smaller NBA guards. Listed at he is small for a small forward so in all likelihood he will spend the majority of his time as a shooting guard. In today’s NBA knockdown shooters are at a premium and Brown was one of if not the best in this year’s draft class. He will have to shoot a high percentage in the NBA because frankly he does not bring much else to table. Although, he can be a capable defender due to his size and length.
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Brown participated in this year’s summer league, but he saw his minutes decline each game. He played a limited role and did not get enough shot attempts to ever get in a real rhythm. Overall he shot 3-12 from three point land, but his performance was not indicative of his ability. As long as Kobe Bryant is in uniform the starting two guard position is locked up in Los Angeles. The Lakers also signed Lou Williams and already had Nick Young in store, so they have two very capable scorers off the bench. The Lakers biggest hole is at the small forward spot and at this moment they do not even have one on the roster. That is where Brown’s size could play into his favor. He could be forced into playing that position out of necessity and if he shoots well, he could earn a good amount of minutes in his first season. It remains to be seen how good the Lakers fare this year and if they struggle it could mean more minutes for Brown and the rest of the rookies. Brown could also play along Williams or Young because they are more overall scorers then stand still shooters.
As a shooter, Browns playing time will be a direct cause of his shooting percentage. There is a low margin of error for shooters and he will earn his playing time based off his performance. When called upon he must knock down shots.
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