How Did Shannon Brown Get To The Lakers?
How did Shannon Brown get to the Lakers? Shannon Brown began his basketball career in Maywood, Illinois. He played high school basketball at Proviso East High School, where several other NBA players have played including Doc Rivers and Dee Brown, who is not related. In 2003, he was Mr. Basketball in Illinois and was named a McDonald's All American.
After his high school career was over, he accepted a scholarship at Michigan State University. He played three seasons there and his final season averaged 17.2 points per game and was named to the second team all Big Ten.
Brown entered the NBA draft and was selected as the 25th pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2006. He played 23 games with the Cavaliers, including five starts in the 2006-07 season, and was assigned to the Developmental League for one game. The next season, he played fifteen games, including four starts for the Cavs. He was traded as part of a three team deal that included the Bulls sending Ben Wallace to the Cavs.
For the Bulls, he played in just six games and never started. At the end of the 2007-08 season, he contract expired and the Charlotte Bobcats signed him to a one-year deal. He played in 30 games for the Bobcats and averaged 11.4 minutes per game. During that season he was traded to the Lakers along with Adam Morrison for Vladimir Radmonovic.
During the 2008-09 season, he played in 18 games for the Lakers, but in 2009-10 he finally broke out, playing in every game and starting seven games. He averaged over 20 minutes per game. He averaged 8.1 points per game and 2.2 rebounds per game.