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MarShon Brooks’ and Jordan Crawford’s skill set is as close as it gets. Brooks, who was acquired in the blockbuster trade this past summer, has played quality minutes when his number has been called, and the same can be said about Crawford. With that, let’s go inside Brooks’ and Crawford’s game and compare the two to determine who has advantage  to start on October 30. Photo via John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports Brooks: His game is not clear-cut, it’s unique and adds a different flavor. Brooks has a popular mentality you see in many NBA shooters, he wants the ball. The former Providence Friar has been impressive in the early years of his NBA career. His ability to create his own shot while making it is Kobe Bryant-esque. Brooks does have a slight selfish mindset, but on a team like the Boston Celtics, who doesn’t have a prime scorer, it could help them fill that the scoring category. In Wednesday’s 99-97 loss, Brooks was aggressive for the first time this preseason. He took matters into his own hands emerging into the fourth quarter, where he posted 15 of his 17 points. One aspect in his game Wednesday was not his shooting, but his strength towards the basket. He led all scorers with 17 points shooting 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. If he continues to increase production on both sides of the floor, first-year head coach Brad Stevens will increase his playing time and possibly call upon him to start the 2013 season. Photo via Jerome Miron/ USA TODAY Sports Crawford: When the Celtics traded for Crawford during the trade deadline last season, many Celtics fans were scratching their head and wondered if he was a consolation prize. But they were wrong. The former guard out of Xavier University can flat out score. His range varies from driving to the hoop with an acrobatic moves to burying 25-foot rainbows. The most shocking part of this preseason for the guard is his defense. He’s really feeding off of Avery Bradley’s defensive mentality. With him playing alongside, the fast break offense can begin right away after a steal or defensive rebound. Prediction: It’s really 50/50 I believe Brooks is the dark horse on the Celtics. I like how he played on Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors with his urgency to retrieve the basketball and find his shot. On the other hand, I am interested in seeing more of the Crawford-Bradley tandem in the backcourt, but I believe Brooks will get the nod due to his incredible length and production. I think Brad Stevens has been preaching and run and go type of offense and Brooks is adapting quickly.
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