The Miami Heat have added a new player to their roster to add depth with Shannon Brown joining the South Florida franchise.
The former Los Angeles Laker is known for ability to attack the rim and has also added a decent three-point shot over the years.
Heat adding depth
The contract deal was reported as being a one-year, $1.3 million dollar signing. That number tells us that the move seems to be more than your “occasional signing after which the player is waived” type filler signing.
Brown does not make the Miami Heat contenders but he will most definitely give them different looks off the bench and help them out in that crucial area. The Heat have been in the headlines this summer as the “victim” in the LeBron “Decision 2.0” free agency move which saw James leave to Cleveland. Not to mention Ray Allen who stepped away from the team shortly after LeBron.
Brown may be able to fill in that 6th man role if he can contribute enough on offense consistently, but until this point consistency has been a problem for the 6 ft 4 Shooting Guard.
In the last year of his spell in LA, he shot 42.5% from the field, 35% from behind the arc, and 91% at the free throw line. His playoff stats from that year were good for a player of the bench as well shooting a 45% field goal percentage with a 28% three-point average and scoring 7.2 points per game.
Those would set a career high in PPG for Brown who had produced enough to earn a summer deal with Phoenix.
During his time in Phoenix Brown’s points increased while his percentages decreased ending with a 27% three-point percentage. That number may work for the playoffs but during the regular season that number is not good enough for a team which looked to it’s 6th man hence the Suns' decision so ship Brown to Washington, a franchise from which he was waived just three days later..
Finding a new home
Brown became a bit of a journeyman after the release signing a 10-day contract with the 2014 Champions San Antonio Spurs who also let him go. Eventually, the Guard found his way to New York and signed a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks.
This worked out better for him as he signed another 10 day deal and then was able to earn a contract until the end of the season. But once again it didn’t last; Brown was released at the end of the year.
In short, Shannon has to prove that he can still contribute to a bigger picture as he once did in Los Angeles; if he is able to do that he will find a home in Miami who welcomes hustle and the grind in players a la Chris “Birdman” Andersen. We will have to see if the former Guard of Michigan State can deliver.