Yes, yes we would. And we'd have won at least 50 games. Keep in mind that Brown listened to Kobe and asked for his advice now and then. I didn't know about this until recently but there is no harm in sharing it, the day he was fired he was up until 3am and slept in his office to see how he could turn the team around. You might say, oh well the team had already lost over 10 games with the new team till that point. But you have to remember Dwight was unable to perform 50% of his usual self, Nash went down just in 2nd game, And we basically waited for him to be the savior of the team for the next 20 games. At the very least Mike Brown wouldn't wait for it and implement a system around Kobe.
For all the bashing he gets, Brown also achieved a 3rd seed in West with a [expletive]ty Lakers squad that didn't show any respect to him, and also he didn't have the training camp to tweak little bit of things he executed in regular season. In playoffs also we were close to upset Thunder no matter what people say. 2 games went like puff! We lost the lead the moment Kobe was sitting on bench. And that is mostly due to inability of the FO to bring help from the bench. When all things considered, Mike Brown was successful. He had a system in mind but we were simply too cocky to wait for it. The shiny 4 HOF lineup was too much of an overestimation which was proven later on.
Yes, Brown knew who to build the offense around from jump street and to use Nash off-ball(which at the time everyone hated)
And him and Kobe came up with what to do the night he was fired, a simplified version of what it was before. The stuff we ran with Bernie. When they asked Kobe what it was like now that they ditched the Princeton, Kobe responded "we're still running the Princeton, just simplified down a bit"
To be completely honest we'd probably have wound up running something similar to the triangle.
Cause we'd simplified the Princeton down, was going through the post, Kobe was main ball handler and point guard was off-ball, and we already ran triangle sets with Kobe and Gasol.
We'd have wound up running simplified Princeton, triangle and pick and roll marginally.
Sounds good doesn't it?
Anyway, one of the issues with the team was they WERE arrogant. I think Dwight said it best when he said "we all thought we'd eventually round up 8 or 9 wins in a row and be back on track"
So you see even when losing in their minds they'd go "eh, its ok, rome wasn't built in a day, we got this."
This was further inflated when D'antoni arrived and as he has said one of the main problems with the team was 1) everyone wanted to be the man
And 2) when we got a lead, number 1 would kick in till we were behind.
We are past that, but it was as evident behind Brown as it was behind D'antoni.
At the very least Brown would have given us an offensive system that fit the personnel earlier on and we wouldn't have struggled through 3 "experimentation" stages. Pau and Dwight got the ball where they were best(dwight had a 33-13 game while being 20% of himself), Nash would have been the one getting all the wide open 3s Morris was getting and Kobe would be main facilitator. Brown pretty much said he expected the team to go 0-3 before thoings started clicking to an extent. Sure enough the 4th game was when we curb stomped detroit and thew 5th game we SJHOULD have beaten the Jazz, we got any kind of shot we wanted and a lot of open looks, we just didn't convert them and the team was going through the "oh well, if we lose we'll win 9 straight eventually" mode.
So yes we'd have made the playoffs. But we'd still be the 5th or 6th seed at best given the initial adjustment period.