When MarShon Brooks entered the league after four years at Providence College, many were expecting to see a polished, NBA-ready player. The first two years for Brooks with the New Jersey and then Brooklyn Nets were everything but that. He averaged 12.6 ppg his rookie year, but at a very inefficient 43 percent shooting. His second year, he didn’t see much of the court, averaging only 12.5 minutes per game.
Brooks has been given a fresh start in the blockbuster trade that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, among others, to the Nets. Now a member of the Boston Celtics, Brooks has the opportunity to start over with a young, rebuilding team and have a chance to be a proficient scorer in this league.
In his senior year at PC, Brooks averaged 24.6 points per game while shooting 48 percent and also pulled down seven rebounds a game. In his first two years with the Nets, he kind of got away from what made him so successful in college. His senior year, he got to the line 6.8 times per game and developed the ability to slash and create his own shot off the dribble.
In his pro career, Brooks has settled for spot up jumpers because he has been playing with better players and was always the third or fourth option on the court. In Boston, particularly with the injury to Rajon Rondo, he has the chance early to become the No. 1 scoring option off the bench.
If Rondo cannot start the season, Avery Bradley will most likely slide over to point guard and Courtney Lee could become the starting shooting guard. If that is the case, Brooks will be the first man off the bench and will provide the scoring punch this team needs. Brooks has the chance to be the No. 1 option like he was in college if he works with the second unit.
Without Pierce and Garnett, Brooks will be one of the primary players who is expected to pick up the slack in the scoring department. Look for a big year out of Brooks in Beantown, as he will look to prove to his former team that they were misusing him and he is the talent we all thought he would be.