#25: Marshon Brooks
Update: The Celtics will ship Marshon Brooks – selected 25th overall in the 2011 NBA draft – to the New Jersey Nets (for #27 JuJuan Johnson).
The Nets, stuck at #27 to begin the night, have to be happy to land Brooks, who many had projected as a top-15 selection. New Jersey desperately needed to add some scoring punch, as their offense was anemic at times last season. In Brooks, they get a kid that can light up a scoreboard; as evidenced by the 52 points he hung ont Notre Dame last season.
Nonetheless, there are some questions marks surrounding Brooks and his game that will need to be answered in the near future.
After a relatively quite first few years at Providence, Brooks burst onto the national scene as a senior last season. He’s a great scorer and a lengthy defender, and plenty of NBA GM’s were enticed by his talent. However, Brooks was a volume shooter and had the ball in his hands constantly in college.
In New Jersey, the Nets have one of the best PG’s on earth on their roster, and Deron Williams will be running the show. And D-Will’s primary option will be feeding Brook Lopez in the post. Will Brooks be able to be effective/efficient and as a 3rd or 4th option? Ideally, the Nets would have nabbed a spot-up shooter, helping to balance the floor. Brooks was featured primarily in isolation situations in college, so playing alongside a true point guard in Williams may be a difficult transition. However, you would assume any smart scorer would love to play alongside a PG like D-Will.
In addition to his offensive exploits, Brooks is also a terrific rebounder for a guard, pulling down nearly 8 boards a game last season.
Check out this tidbit, via ESPN Stats and Info: Brooks put up 24.6 points and 7.7 grabbed rebounds per game last year, becoming the only Division 1 player to average 24+ points and 7+ boards.