The talent on the roster of the Brooklyn Nets never seemed to match up with the results that the team yielded over the 2012-2013 NBA season. They made the playoffs as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference with a regular season record of 49-33, but eventually lost in the first round of the postseason in seven games, despite playing that game seven on their home floor.
Though this Nets team had the luxury of having three potential All-Stars on their team in Brook Lopez, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, they never seemed to be completely in-sync. It’s now being reported that their roles on the team were never really defined as well as other issues, but it was quite clear that something was off with this teams.
Despite the fact that their three core players have all shown wonderful offensive proficiency throughout their careers, there were times throughout the entire regular season and playoffs where Brooklyn’s offense would just seem stagnant. They obviously needed someone to come off the bench that could help spark their offense. The problem was that they never seemed to give their best option for that role, MarShon Brooks, enough opportunity.
In 2011-2012, Brooks’ rookie season, he showed great potential and the ability to get the offense going. In 56 games he averaged 29.4 minutes per game and put up 12.6 points, 2.3 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game on 42.8 percent shooting. He seemed like an obvious candidate to succeed in a larger role during his sophomore season.
That didn’t happen, though, and Brooks’ role severely decreased. In the 73 games he played this season, he averaged just 12.5 points per game and put up only 5.4 points, one assist and 1.4 rebounds per game on 46.3 percent shooting. He just didn’t get the opportunity to show any growth.
As the Nets look for a new coach and look to get their franchise headed in the right direction, they need to give Brooks a more prominent role in their offense. He has the potential to be a poor man’s version of a player similar to Jamal Crawford, able to come off the bench and provide instant offense. That’s something that would greatly benefit the Nets and they should look to Brooks to provide it next year.