|mbuser (4378 posts) 11/21/2012 5:29 PM|
Brown has not been the most efficient scorer, hitting only 41.4 percent of his shots but he has been aggressive in creating his own shot and getting out in transition. There are times in the half-court offense that he freezes the ball and becomes only an isolation threat but there are also times where he can get so hot that he can win a game on his own, as he did in Charlotte. Defensively, he gives the Suns more athleticism against quick scoring guards than Dudley does but not the same instincts or size.
Dudley has not been as involved on the offense this season even though there were encouraging early indications about his fit, like his starring role in the training camp-ending scrimmage. After shooting 47.7 percent and 48.5 percent from the field the past two seasons, Dudley is shooting 42.7 overall this season. His 3-point clip has dropped from 45.8, 41.5 and 38.3 in the previous three Suns seasons with Steve Nash to 31.4 early this season. He is averaging two fewer shots per game but also playing 3.7 minutes less than last season. But Dudley also is a slow starter. Last season, he was shooting only 43.4 percent after the first 20 games before he had a hot February at 53.5 percent.
Brown currently leads the Suns in usage% [BkRef] but figure on that changing now that he'll be running with the starters. Solid enough 3pm/stl/ft% potential, but don't expect a stout overall line. The real question is how small of a role we see Dudley with moving forward, because that will directly translate to Brown minutes. And Markieff could get a boost with this move, as well, as he's now the primary scorer with the second unit.
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