Remember Shannon Brown? Hes the first-round draft pick who couldnt cut in Cleveland.
Actually, you cant blame the Cavaliers. Brown couldnt cut it in Chicago and Charlotte, either. It wasnt until Brown landed in Los Angeles with Lakers coach Phil Jackson that Brown made something of himself in the NBA. Now, hes faring well in Phoenix.
Brown was drafted by the Cavs with the No. 25 overall pick in 2006. If you remember, that was the same draft in which the Cavs selected Daniel Boobie Gibson with their second-round pick.
Gibson was capable of playing both guard spots and became an immediate contributor off the Cavs bench, a position he holds today. Brown just sort of sat, and understandably sulked -- although he did show flashes of promise when he got on the floor.
But he couldnt figure out or find a role in Cleveland, and then-coach Mike Brown more or less gave up on him. Shannon Brown was promptly shipped to Chicago as more or less a throw-in in a package deal.