Looking at the San Antonio Spurs bench, one thing becomes clear; the Spurs have placed a high value on having players that shoot from the perimeter over players who rely strictly on their athletic ability.
During the past couple of playoffs, this lack of athleticism has came back to haunt them. The Oklahoma City Thunder's athletic ability proved to be too much for the Spurs to overcome in the 2012 playoffs.
In last season's Finals, the Spurs were having Tiago Splitter guard Dwayne Wade because the bench was not able to handle Wade.
Hence, the signing of Shannon Brown to his current ten day contract after the Othyus Jeffers experiment didn’t pan out as the Spurs had thought.
Brown’s athleticism and playoff experience will help the Spurs on both ends of the court.
He’ll provide another guard/small forward who can slash when opponents focus too much on Duncan or Splitter in the post or run out to the shooters on the perimeter.
His athleticism and his 6’ 4” frame will help on the defensive end by closing down the passing lanes quickly which can lead to easy points on the break.
Due to his inability to stay healthy, his career has taken an extended journey that sees Brown on his sixth team in his eight-year professional career. A recent report that he recently attended shootaround with jammed his middle finger that was taped during shoot round didn’t help his cause.
Brown did show his durability by playing through the injury and got on the stat sheet against the New Orleans Pelicans.
With the Rodeo Road Trip underway this is truly a make or break time for Brown. He needs to make his presence felt on the defensive end and show how that can lead to easy buckets on the other end.