It must really suck when you go from being “The Man” to almost being an afterthought in the NBA. Drafted in 2007 by the Houston Rockets with the 26th overall pick, PG Aaron Brooks wasn’t really highly-touted out of the University of Oregon, but he was known for his competitive fire and a mid-range pull up that made opponents’ eyes water out of frustration. But now he just might be the one with tears coming out of his eyes.
He was once named the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2010 after averaging 19 points on a Rockets team that was looking for all the firepower it could muster with SG Tracy McGrady out most of that season with injury. Since that outbreak year things have been a little up and down for him. Brooks’ shoot-first mentality has been a big knock against him throughout his career. However, once he gets rolling he looks pretty good. And when he’s good, he’s bad — and when he’s bad he’s better. But his averages have been hovering around the mediocre mark since missing much of 2011 with an injury.
After initially being cut by the Rockets in June 2013, Brooks was re-signed in July. He can heat up in a pinch, but the Rockets aren’t exactly starving for scorers with SG James Harden and C Dwight Howard on the team. Barring injury, Brooks looks like he’ll only be getting leftover minutes behind PG Jeremy Lin and PG Patrick Beverly.
Ricardo Hazell is a freelance writer for Rant Sports based in New York City. You can follow him on Twitter at NikosMightyDad or add him to your network on Google Plus.