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If they were going to bench him, the Suns definitely should have traded Brown at the deadline (again, what is management thinking?), but I'm not sure that the 4-4 record with him in the starting lineup is significant. As you said, the sample is small and Phoenix probably just happened to be playing better at that point in the season.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Suns’ effort to maximize youth killing Brown’s career year, trade value
Yeah, actually in '08-'09, Chris Paul became just the second player in NBA history to average at least 20.0 points, 10.0 assists, a .500 field goal percentage, and 2.0 steals in the same season. The first was Kevin Johnson in '90-'91, and the only other player to average at least 20.0/10.0/.500 in a season was Magic Johnson.
3 months, 1 week ago on Kevin Johnson, other Suns among 2013 Hall of Fame nominees
Oh, and in 183 regular season games from April 10, 1994, through November 4, 1997, Kevin Johnson shot 40.476% on threes (119-294, 1.6 FGA). So once more, the issue was not that Kevin Johnson could not shoot threes (again, he ranked third in three-point field goal percentage in the entire NBA in '96-'97, trailing only Glen Rice and Steve Kerr and placing directly ahead of Joe Dumars, Mitch Richmond, Reggie Miller, and Dell Curry), but rather that he did not need to shoot threes and thus almost never did so for the bulk of his career. Kevin Johnson constituted a much more fluid shooter than the more mechanical Goran Dragic and he reached the free throw line far more often, so operating inside the arc on a constant basis made sense for Johnson. Since he could create space for his jumper anywhere, he didn't need to use the three-point arc as a spatial crutch.
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