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Marshon Brooks will have a second go-around with the Boston Celtics.
Brooks, who played with the Providence College Friars, has been relative to me for a long time as I was a season ticket holder up until his junior year at PC. Every player has their strengths and weaknesses, but Brooks’ upsides outweigh his downsides.
One strength Brooks brings to the table is his ability to create his own shot. Prior to Brooks being drafted, many compared him to Kobe Bryant. Talking about his game — not the rings and Bryant’s success — Brooks makes a living off the dribble, backing down his defender to his sweet spot and fires away.
The 24-year-old shooting guard has an unorthodox-esque game due to his pure and prominent advantage — his length. Brooks is a natural scorer but brings a mysterious setting when driving to the basket and navigating the floor. His fundamentals and length brings an unknown notion to the defender.
When Brooks was traded to Boston on draft night, many thought the Celtics lost the trade, but in the end, they actually won due to the New Jersey native. Brooks is a dark horse.
If there is one flaw in Brooks’ game, it’s his defense. He has trouble staying on his opponent and gets beat off the dribble too easy. What will help him progress is the presence of Avery Bradley.
Bradley will allow Brooks to become more defensively sound and elevate Brooks’ ceiling on his offensive game. Brooks is in a right spot with the Boston Celtics: young coach, an experienced point guard and a young core of players.
The best and underrated part of the “rebuild on-the-go” scheme is Brooks — along with others — doesn’t have to put pressure on him to perform well. Ultimately, he can just let the game come to him and improve with every touch of the basketball.