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Shannon Brown, point guard?

When the Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Shannon Brown, they tried to make him something he's not.

Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE

The Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Shannon Brown 25th overall in the 2006 draft, and his time there was ultimately a failed experiment. Brown never made an impact until he joined the Los Angeles Lakers, and now with the Phoenix Suns, he told The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro that the Cavs push for him to play the point guard spot just didn't work.

Still, Brown's insertion into Phoenix's starting lineup more than a week ago has paid dividends beyond the box score. He has yet to score more than 10 points as a starter and in the past three games has shot just 35 percent from the floor, but his presence has taken pressure off point guard Goran Dragic in the backcourt by giving more ball handling duties to Brown.

"Guys are hassling him," Brown said. "I'm glad I can take the pressure off him. It's a physical and mental pressure."

Though he has too much a scorer's mentality to play the point, Brown still sees himself as a playmaker.

Brown recorded seven assists against the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, a career high.