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Layups: Divergent Paths of Adam Morrison & Shannon Brown

Posted by Neil Paine on June 22, 2010

This is a nice post from Order of the Court last week, about how much things have changed for Adam Morrison & Shannon Brown in the last 4½ years:

"Morrison’s greatest game at Gonzaga came when he dropped 43 points in a 109-106 triple-overtime victory against Michigan State at the Maui Invitational on Nov. 22, 2005. Besides being one of the best college games in recent memory, it is instructive to watch the game and contrast Morrison with Shannon Brown, the ultra-athletic wing player for the Spartans whose professional career has taken a decidedly different trajectory."

In college, Morrison was unstoppable with his size, shooting touch, and ability to knock down a vast array of difficult shots. Brown was a good player (17.2 PPG as a soph) but scarcely better than future NBA washout Maurice Ager.

In the pros, though, Morrison's lack of athleticism (exacerbated by a knee injury that cost him his entire 2nd NBA season) made him inefficient, and ultimately a bust. Brown will never be confused with an NBA All-Star, but his length and explosiveness have given him far more staying power than Morrison, despite being picked 22 spots lower in the '06 Draft.

Who would have predicted that 4½ years ago?

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5 Responses to “Layups: Divergent Paths of Adam Morrison & Shannon Brown”

  1. Jason J Says:

    I honestly didn't think Morrison's lack of speed would be such a detriment on offense in the NBA. With his strange release and ability to hit awkward shots (in college), I thought he'd be a decent one-dimensional scoring option (like Danny Manning with no ability to pass or rebound). I was wrong.

  2. Neil Paine Says:

    I thought he'd be a poor man's Glenn Robinson... Well, he's been a big dog all right, just not in the way I was expecting.

  3. robinred Says:

    I assume Morrison will play overseas in 2010-11. I expect he will enjoy some success there.

  4. Imadogg Says:

    Morrison better stay on our bench. He's amazing

  5. j.hughes Says:

    Given the minutes, Morrison will be very good. In L.A. in the summer play he got the minute and was the top score. L.A. was not the place for him,