The Brooklyn Nets picked up the 2013-14 team option on shooting guard MarShon Brooks on Friday. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as the Nets like Brooks and hold him in high regard. The team knows what assets he possesses on the floor and that is to be a pure scorer.
Scoring is one thing that Brooks doesn’t have any trouble doing although the other end of the floor is not quite up to par for the Nets liking. Brooks is still learning the defensive system and tendencies the Nets are employing and with the strike shortened season last year there wasn’t much time to learn.
Brooks can be a lethal scorer if he can find his onto the court and out of coach Avery Johnson’s doghouse. He has missed time in training camp due to foot tendinitis and was in a walking boot early this week. The injury looks to be fine now with him playing the last two games.
The Nets used Brooks last year as a primary scorer because the team was hit with injuries more than any other team in the NBA. The Nets were a bunch of walking wounded for much of the year with numerous D-League call ups getting major playing time. Brooks had to do his best to learn on the fly.
This summer Brooks put on some weight and little bit more muscle with the intent on trying to land the Sixth Man Of The Year award.
Johnson spoke about why they picked up Brooks option. “It was the right decision,” Johnson said. “He’s a young guy, he’s talented … it’s the right thing to do.
“It just gives him a little more comfort, and that’s pretty much it. He’s been a pretty good camper since he’s been here. He’s very coachable, he’s a likeable young man, and we still think he has a lot of room to improve.”
MarShon Brooks is a very talented offensive player, some say he has some Kobe Bryant in him, but if his defensive awareness doesn’t tighten up then he wont be seeing the court let alone getting an award.
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