Chicago Bulls 2014-15 Player Profile: Aaron Brooks
Brooks will provide a spark off the bench, create his own shot and above all else be an insurance policy behind Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich – both of whom have been plagued by injuries throughout their careers. Brooks averaged 9.0 points and 3.2 assists on 40 percent shooting and 39 percent from behind the arc in 72 games with the Nuggets and Rockets last season.
Throughout his six-year career, Brooks has shot 42 percent from the field, 37 percent from three and 85 percent from the free-throw line. Brooks’ best season came in 2009-10 with the Rockets when he won the Most Improved Player Award averaging 19.6 points and 5.3 assists while shooting 43 percent from the field and 40 percent from three.
The Bulls have had a history of success finding bargain point guards as of late — such as Nate Robinson, C.J. Watson, D.J. Augustin and John Lucas III. Tom Thibodeau has found a way to get the best out of each of the aforementioned point men — hiding their weaknesses and playing to their strengths. Brooks should be able to thrive under Thibodeau as well.
Brooks’ strengths are creating his own shot, dribble-penetration and outside shooting — all departments in which the Bulls struggled in last season. Brooks is an aggressive, lightening-quick combo guard who may just be the scorer the Bulls are looking for. Defending is not Brooks’ strong suit, but Thibodeau has turned poor defenders into serviceable ones in the past.
If Rose or Hinrich were to miss time because of injury, Brooks would be able to step in and play heavy minutes. Brooks will be an important piece coming off the bench — filling the void left by Augustin, who signed with the Detroit Pistons and could play a similar role. Last season, the Bulls were limited to a seven- or eight-man rotation, but this season, they have added much-needed depth and Brooks will help the Bulls become one of the deepest teams in the league.