Following the buy-outs of Beno Udrih and Metta World Peace rumors ran wild about what the New York Knicks might do with the open roster spots. The team brought in defensive-minded forward Earl Clark. However, there was still one open roster spot remaining. Instead of leaving it open or waiting to see what happens between the Sacramento Kings and Jimmer Fredette, the Knicks have come to terms on a contract with guard Shannon Brown.
source: Knicks have agreed in principle to contract with Shannon Brown. That's in addition to already agreeing with Earl Clark.— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 26, 2014
Brown is a 6'4", 210 pound guard from Maywood, Illinois. He was drafted 25th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2006 NBA Draft. He played in Cleveland from 2006-08. He saw time with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds of the D-League in 2007 and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League in 2008. He played for the Chicago Bulls in 2008 and also saw time with the Iowa Energy of the D-League in 2008.
Brown played for the Charlotte Bobcats from 2008-09, the Lakers from 2009-11, the Phoenix Suns from 2011-13 and played for the San Antonio Spurs in 2014. He won two NBA championships (2009, 2010) while playing in Los Angeles.
Brown and the Spurs parted ways after his second 10-day contract expired. In 10 games with San Antonio, Brown struggled only able to average 2.3 points in 10.3 minutes per game. He shot an abysmal 28.6% from the floor.
However, throughout his career Brown had been an energetic weapon off the bench. He runs the floor extremely well and can score in bunches. Last season in Phoenix, Brown was a steady rotation player and was able to record 10.5 points per game while shooting 42% from the floor.
While he isn't an efficient offensive player and cant be counted on to be a consistent scoring weapon he can defend. Brown's an aggressive defender who uses his length, quickness and strength very well. He's active on the defensive end and can cause turnovers and finish on the other end with his athleticism and leaping ability.
Brown should provide a much-needed boost to New York's backcourt rotation. Signing another guard makes sense for the Knicks who recently watched Iman Shumpert fall victim to a leg injury and Raymond Felton get arrested on gun charges.
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