During the 2013-2014 season, Lorenzo Brown was probably more concerned about the fastest route from Philadelphia to Delaware than his road to sticking with an NBA team.
His statistics with the 76ers are underwhelming -- 2.5 points per game in 8.6 minutes per game, sporting a 30% efficiency from the field and 10% shooting from three. Still, it's difficult to be consistent when a player is constantly being shipped back and forth between the NBA and D-League. Brown was assigned and recalled a total of twelve times over a three-month period.
The 6-foot-5 guard was waived by Philadelphia on March 14 and spent the rest of the season in the D-League with the Springfield Armor. He had success in the D-League, averaging 17.3 points, 6.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds in time split between the Delaware 87ers and Springfield Armor. But, at the culmination of the 2013-2014 season, Brown was once again left searching for another NBA home.
Enter the 2014 NBA Summer League and Lorenzo Brown is in attendance, grinding his way to make a name for himself.
The 23-year-old guard has been nothing short of impressive during his short stint with the Los Angeles Clippers in the Las Vegas Summer League. He's averaged 13.6 points and 3.6 rebounds, shooting 49 percent from the field and 50% from three. More impressive is the fact that Brown is 19-of-20 from the free-throw line in five games. He's shown the ability to control the game at the point guard position and shoot efficiently from the field.
Will someone take a shot on Lorenzo Brown? That will remain to be seen, but he might not have to look much further than the team he flourished with in the Las Vegas Summer League. After Clippers backup point guard Darren Collison chose to chase a lucrative deal with the Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles has a hole at the point guard position. It's hard to constitute a team having a hole at point guard with Chris Paul on the roster, but CP3 can't play every minute of every game.
Paul only played in 62 games last season, while Collison dispelled Paul during injury and rest periods. Collison performed admirably under Paul, which obviously led to his deal with the Kings. However, outside of Paul, there isn't another point guard on the Clippers roster.
After showing he has the ability to run a team in Las Vegas, the Clippers might not have to look too far for their next backup point guard. Lorenzo Brown could be the name that Los Angeles signs to back up the best point guard in the game. After spending a season racing on highways between Delaware and Philadelphia, learning behind Chris Paul is an attractive gig for the, hopefully former, D-League guard.