When MarShon Brooks was sent down to the Maine Red Claws last week, the 24-year-old had only taken 20 shots from the floor throughout the whole season with the Celtics. Simply put, Brad Stevens could not find playing time for Brooks with the plethora of guards on his roster, but Boston knew that Brooks needed floor time somewhere.
Three games into his stint with the Red Claws, the NBA Developmental League affiliate of the Celtics, Brooks is showing what a complete player he is capable of being.
In his most recent game in the D-League on Sunday, Brooks scored 36 points on 14-of-28 shooting from the floor, eight more attempts from the floor than he had gotten all season long with the Celtics. What's more is that he didn't just score, but filled the rest of the stat sheet as well. The 6-foot-5 guard had 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals, and 3 blocks in Maine's losing effort.
So far in three games he is averaging 29 points, 7 rebounds, and 4.7 assists. Not bad, not bad at all.
The Red Claws play five games in the next eight days, all out on the west coast. Coincidentally, the Celtics have four games left out on the west coast, and have just traded combo guard Courtney Lee to the Memphis Grizzlies for Jerryd Bayless.
This begs the question, could Brooks get a call-up back to the Celtics anytime soon? And could he take some of the time Lee had been getting?
We know, of course, that Bayless will garner some playing time at the backup point guard spot, and that Rajon Rondo will be back sometime in the near future. However, both of those players are point guards, and Brooks is not. We know he can score, but the withstanding concern for the former Providence College star is that he is a defensive liability.
Time will tell whether or not he gets a chance to play valuable minutes with this young Celtics team, and if he is indeed a part of Boston's future.