Nothing gets a basketball fan more excited than seeing their favorite player dunk. Dunking is not only a basketball shot; rather, it should be considered as art. The speed, agility, and stance of Shanon Brown while dunking is beyond comparison.
The Lakers have always had the greatest dunkers. Out of all of them, Shannon Brown is the best dunker in the Lakers’ history.
Brown was born on November 29, 1985, in Maywood, Illinois. He went to Proviso East High School. Due to his excelling performance, he was named Illinois Mr. Basketball and a McDonald’s All-American.
He also played basketball in college. He played for the Michigan State Spartans.
Shanon Brown has played for multiple teams throughout his career. The team that he played for the most was the Los Angeles Lakers. He won his second championship while playing for them.
Cleveland Cavaliers (2006–2008)
The Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Brown. He only appeared in 23 games in his debut season. He was planning on improving his performance until he got injured to his shin.
Brown was later assigned to the NBA Development League’s Albuquerque Thunderbirds on March 2, 2007. He was recalled by the team a day later. He averaged 23.5 points, including a 37-point performance against the Dakota Wizards. Brown played until 2008.
Chicago Bulls (2008)
The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Brown to the Chicago Bulls on February 21, 2008. This trade was done as a 3-team deal between the Bulls, the Cavaliers, and the Sonics.
He later signed a deal with Charlotte Bobcats and played for a year.
Charlotte Bobcats (2008–2009)
On August 6, 2008, Brown signed a deal with the Charlotte Bobcats to a one-year contract. He played for a short time. Brown only averaged 4.8 points in limited action with the Bobcats.
Los Angeles Lakers (2009–2011)
Initially, Brown’s playing time was limited with the Lakers until the end of the season. Brown played for an average of 16.4 minutes, and in that time, he averaged 7.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.6 assists. Gradually, Brown began to increase his playtime.
In the 2010 season, Brown led the team to victory against the Orlando Magic with 22 points in their 98–92 win. His first dunk contest was on February 13, 2010, but unfortunately, he could not progress past the first round.
Brown scored a then career-high 27 points and grabbed ten rebounds for the first time against the Golden State Warriors. He won his second championship as well.
On June 30, 2011, Brown decided not to extend his contract further with the Lakers.
Phoenix Suns (2011–2013)
Brown signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Suns. In the 2012 season, he led the Suns to victory with 21 points in a tough 91–87 over the Los Angeles Clippers. It was the first time he had scored 20 or more points in consecutive games in the same season.
After the Phoenix Suns, Brown also played for the San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks, and Miami Heat.
Notable Awards and Achievements
Shannon Brown has won significant awards throughout his career. He is the two times NBA champion (2009, 2010), First-team Parade All-American (2003), McDonald’s All-American, and (2003) Illinois Mr. Basketball (2003). His achievements are applaudable.
Nothing gets fans more excited than watching recaps of basketball dunks. It is a simple yet exciting shot. The Lakers have always signed deals with the greatest players. Out of everyone, Shannon Brown is the best and underrated player.
His dunk style is a high flyer, and despite being only 6 foot 4, he manages to get it into the basket every time. His sportsmanship, achievements, and leaping ability have made him the best dunkers of the Lakers.