HEIGHT/AGE: 6′ 5” (24 years old)
DRAFTED: 2011 1st round (25th pick)
COLLEGE: Providence College
EXPERIENCE: 2 years
HOW THE CELTICS GOT HIM: Brooks was acquired in the trade that sent all-time greats Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets. He joins Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, and Keith Bogans as the package coming back to Boston in the deal.
WHAT IT MEANS: MarShon is undoubtedly the most promising player in the deal that the Celtics received. He is an electrifying scorer who struggles to play hard on the defensive end. Brooks can score points in bunches, and if he is hot, he can be one of the best scorers in the game.
In his rookie season, Brooks scored 12.6 points per game but received much less playing time in his second season which resulted in 5.4 PPG. He is a legitimate sixth man of the year candidate if he can regain his 2011-2012 form.
READY FOR A BREAKOUT YEAR: After slumping his sophomore season, Brooks is ready to regain his scoring touch in his first season as a Celtic. When asked about his recent struggles, Brooks said, “It lit a fire under me, honestly it’s a situation that I never want to go through again, to say the least.”
MarShon said this once before after he struggled in his Junior season at Providence College. The following year, he defended his words and was second in the nation in scoring (24.6 PPG) including a 52-point gem against Big East rival Notre Dame.
In his 52 point game, Brooks scored 15 points in the final three minutes which is good news for a Boston team that struggles to score in the 4th quarter.
HE UNDERSTANDS CELTIC TRADITION: When asked about being a Celtic, MarShon said
“It’s a great feeling, even when I was just walking through the hall to go talk to Mr. Ainge, just seeing all the greats while you’re walking through the hallways,”
“If you really believe in yourself and you walk by and see Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Bill Russell, it gives you that extra oomph, before you go shoot.
“It’s great, man.”
IRONY: This season won’t be the first time that MarShon has put a Celtics hat on. Ironically, he was selected by the Celtics in the 2011 draft, but was quickly traded to the Brooklyn Nets for Jajuan Johnson. Seeing that Johnson is no longer in the NBA, Danny made the wrong draft choice in 2011, but redeemed himself for acquiring Brooks in his most recent deal.
“MarShon has been playing in the NBA and the guy we drafted [Johnson] is not right now,” Ainge said. “MarShon at the time [was] not at a position we really needed, but we have followed him really closely, from Providence and his NBA career.
“We’re excited to have him here.”
PREDICTION: Celtics fans will soon see how great of a talent MarShon is. If he can at least become an average NBA defender, he will receive a lot of playing time because of how unique he is on the offensive end. With Brad Stevens as coach, you can be sure that Brooks will improve on the defensive end. With a team that likely won’t make the playoffs, look for Marshon to play between 30-35 minutes a game.
Prediction: 14.1 PPG 4.2 RPG 2.8 APG
By Jake Abrams: @Jabrams53420