MarShon Brooks: Making the most of his second stint in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies.
In the 2011 NBA Draft with the 25th pick of the first round, the Boston Celtics selected Marshon Brooks, then swapped him to the New Jersey Nets. He is a 6’5″ rangy swingman and can flat-out score the ball. Brooks’ senior season at Providence College was nothing short of spectacular. He was a 3rd team All-American selection and a John Wooden award finalist. In his rookie season with the Nets, MarShon was on the NBA All-Rookie second team. During the campaign, he averaged 12.6 points per game (3rd among rookies that season) 3.6 rebounds & 2.3 assists.
Then on November 9, 2012, the New Jersey Nets moved to Brooklyn, New York and seemed to have left Brooks there. Then Coach Avery Johnson was always hard on MarShon (I saw this while watching every episode of “The Association.”). It was an NBA TV program that took a look inside teams practices, routines, shoot-arounds, & even games. In a few episodes, Avery would call out MarShon’s defensive deficiencies and often blown coverages. Brooks then admitted to having “lost confidence” when he started getting DNP’s and minutes decreased.
After Johnson was let go as the Head Coach, he then was under the tutelage of P.J. Carlesimo. Many nights Brooks saw significant minutes just never turned his defense around. At that point, teams looked at him as a defensive liability and a flat-out chucker. MarShon began to bounce around the NBA after being let go in a trade, that sent him back to Boston. In exchange for the “Big 2” of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
From Brooklyn, he had tenures with the Lakers, and Golden State before falling out of the NBA. Brooks’ first stop overseas was the fairly hard-nosed Italian League. He played in 40 games for Emporio Armani Milano averaging 13.6 points 3.3 rebounds & 2.0 assist per outing. The following season MarShon signed with the Jiangsu Dragons of the CBA (Chinese Basketball League) . With stiffer competition Brooks shined brighter, playing against Michael Beasley and other former NBA players. There have been some ex and current NBA players that found peace overseas. Last season MarShon Brooks averaged a league best 36.6 points per game.
Now, after bouncing around from country to country city to city Brooks is looking to find an NBA home. The Memphis Grizzlies have opened up a door of opportunity for the 29-year-old scorer from Long Branch, New Jersey. Thus far he is making the most of this blessing granted by Owner Robert J. Pera. Memphis signed Brooks to a 10 day contract on March 27, 2018. Since the time Brooks landed off the plane it has been all business.
In his NBA debut versus the Portland Trailblazers, he showed why he belonged. MarShon netted 21 points last Wednesday night’s game and Memphis won 108-103. A few nights later in Salt Lake City, Utah versus the Jazz Brooks poured in 24 points in a 107-97 loss. Watching both games you can tell MarShon Brooks is playing with a different confidence this time around. It also appears that he has been hitting the steel. Although Brooks is still slender it looks like he has bulked in the upper body. This could be a really good addition to this franchise. A Jamal Crawford like scorer who can get his own off the bench. This is going to be an interesting story to follow as the season winds down.
Memphis travels to Portland Sunday, April,1st on FSSE and airing on Memphis radio WMFS.