Shooting woes hurt Brown in second Hornets stint

Monday, May 18, 2009
By: Jim Eichenhofer,

One of these years, Devin Brown would love to be a part of a Hornets squad that gets through a full season relatively injury-free. Maybe it will happen in 2009-10?

Unfortunately for the 6-foot-5 guard, he was a member of the 2006-07 squad that contended for a playoff berth but fell just shy of the postseason, largely due to lengthy injury absences by Peja Stojakovic and David West, among others.

Brown missed the Hornets’ 2007-08 division-winning season after he signed a one-year free-agent contract with Cleveland, but returned to New Orleans this past season. In addition to the banged-up nature of the roster, it was a frustrating campaign for Brown individually. If you’d never seen Brown play prior to this season, you’d probably think he’s one of the least accurate shooters in the NBA. Certainly, Brown has never been known as a deadly perimeter scorer, but in 2008-09 his three-point percentage and field-goal percentage dropped to their lowest levels in five and six years, respectively.

An enthusiastic golfer who is among the best at that sport among all NBA players, the 30-year-old has always come across to me as a laidback, down-to-earth guy during his pair of stints with the Hornets. If you meet him for the first time and don’t know what he does for a living, based on his personality you’d probably never guess that he’s a professional athlete in one of the “Big Four” team sports.