One of the most intriguing new additions to the Celtics roster, MarShon Brooks could be a delight to watch this season. The 24-year-old, previously drafted by the Celtics in 2011 then carelessly traded for JaJuan Johnson, could be here to stay now. He's young, he's cheap, he's quick and he does a lot of things well. He's got long arms, which helps on defense and on the boards. The one issue that could keep him off Stevens' regular rotation is his proneness to one-on-one isolations. If he remembers to play team basketball, he could emerge as one of the finer offensive talents in the league.
23.1 MPG, 9.2 PPG, 1.5 SPG, 45.7% FG, 30.0% 3-FG
Among the haul of players Boston received in their blockbuster deal with Brooklyn earlier this summer was MarShon Brooks, a hit or miss scorer with loads of potential.
The Celtics originally drafted Brooks with the 25th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft but immediately traded him to the then-New Jersey Nets in exchange for JaJuan Johnson and a 2014 second-round pick. However it wasn’t too much longer until Danny Ainge had realized he made a pretty big mistake.
Brooks played the role of “sleeper pick” during his inaugural season with the Nets averaging 12.6 points over the course of 29.4 minutes per night. The Providence product quickly became a focal point of that New Jersey offense, accumulating a 22.9 usage rate during the lockout shortened 2011-12 campaign. A usage rate that high is pretty impressive for a rookie – Lebron James had a 28.2 usage rate for his rookie year – but one must remember that the Nets were terrible that year. And don’t get me wrong, Brooks only compares to King James in his dreams. He’ll never be even a tenth of the player James is but the comparison was strictly to put his dominance of the ball in perspective.
The biggest knock on Brooks, though, comes down to either his inefficient three-point shooting or his abysmal defensive play. The former Providence Friar certainly knows how to put the ball in the basket but he launches shots with a mindset reminiscent of Nick Young.
A career 30% shooter from beyond the arc, Brooks has a lot of work to do if he wants to become a consistent marksman. But if Brooks can shore up his inconsistencies on the offensive end and put in a greater effort on defense then he should be a very serviceable piece in 2013-14. As of now Brooks still has a load of untapped potential but if he can set his mind to perfecting his craft, he could become one of the leagues more feared scorers.
25.3 MPG, 14.2 PPG, 1.1 SPG, 44.0% FG, 34.7% 3-FG