MarShon Brooks came to the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a trade to help shed salary cap. He is a high-volume scorer who had a promising start to his career but has since struggled to find consistent playing time. While on the Lakers, he was able to get playing time due to injuries and played with a certain confidence that benefited from Mike D’Antoni’s offense. But he struggled in most of the games and should not be brought back for another season.
Brooks proved that he could score, with a variety of moves to get to the basket and a willingness to shoot from the outside. He is extremely crafty at getting his shot off and was never afraid to shoot the ball. However, he is the type of player who needs the ball in his hands to be successful and doesn’t play well off of the ball. Too often he would disappear on the court, standing around when he didn’t have the ball.
On defense, he still has a lot of room to grow. He does not possess exceptional quickness and hasn’t shown the ability to play team defense. He needs to work harder on that end of the court if he hopes to stick with a roster next season.
While Brooks is still young, it does not make sense for the Lakers to bring him back. Even with all of the injuries last season, he was unable to secure consistent playing time. His confidence and willingness to shoot was a positive at first, but he needed to utilize his teammates more often. His scoring ability will likely keep him in the league, but the Lakers need to find other options to play alongside their star player.