MarShon Brooks has always approached me as the type of player that would put up really good numbers if someone had minutes to give him. The problem is, every time that MarShon lands on, has no minutes for him. So, Brooks has been wasting his career away at the end of the bench on almost every NBA team he’s been with. At 6-foot-5, 200 lbs, Brooks has good size for an NBA two guard. Fun fact, Brooks is from Long Branch, New Jersey, which is where I’m attending college.
In only three years in the league, Brooks has already been on FOUR teams. That’s ridiculous. How can anyone expect a player to produce when he moves around that much? In total, Brooks was on three different teams this season alone. Let’s spell out Brooks travels since he’s entered the NBA.
MarShon Brooks was drafted with the 25th pick of the first-round in 2011 by the Boston Celtics. On draft night, he was traded to the New Jersey Nets. Brooks played out his rookie season with the Nets and his sophomore season also. However, Brooks was traded to Boston prior to the beginning of this season as apart of the huge Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett trade with Brooklyn. So, now Brooks was back with the team that drafted him, but traded him soon thereafter. Confusing right?
After being moved back to Boston, Brooks was traded to the Golden State Warriors in January with Jordan Crawford. Literally a month later, after a few D-League stints, the Warriors traded Brooks to the Los Angeles Lakers. After playing out the season with the Lakers, Brooks is once again, a free agent.
For his career, Brooks is averaging 7.7 points on 44 percent shooting and 32 percent from deep. The only stop that Brooks received a good amount of minutes was his rookie season with the Nets, where he flashed some potential. Brooks posted 12.6 points on 43 percent shooting in 29.4 minutes per game. Ever since then, Brooks has barely been able to crack 12 minutes per game at each stop.
The Sixers have a missing hole at the shooting guard position, while Brooks may not be a threat from deep, he’s showed that he can score. Not for nothing, Brooks averaged 23.0 ppg in seven D-League appearances. Philly probably wants someone that can space the floor, since Michael Carter-Williams isn’t a threat from deep, but Brooks is a cheap option. The 76ers can get Brooks on a deal for around $1-2 million dollars, which is extremely cap friendly, exactly what Sam Hinkie is looking for.
Philadelphia shouldn’t be entering any playoff races next season, so Brett Brown should have some minutes to give to Brooks. At the least, he would be more entertaining to watch than James Anderson and Elliot Williams for 20-plus minutes a night. Who knows, Brooks could turn out to be another gem that Hinkie uncovers, much like Tony Wroten and Henry Sims.
For a cheap price tag, why not?
Do you want to see MarShon Brooks in a Sixers jersey next season?