While the Brooklyn Nets scramble to assemble a quality team by the start of the 2012-13 season, MarShon Brooks is training hard to make sure he is a major part of that team. Brooks, who is the returning leading scorer for the Nets as of now with a 12.6 average, has spent his offseason addressing the holes in his game. “I’m just working as hard as I possibly can to be ready for whatever role they give me. I’ve been doing a lot of lifting, trying to get stronger. I think that will help me with my defense, my long-range shot,” said Brooks.
While Brooks was leading the Big East in scoring during the 2010-11 season, his performances were always overshadowed by the brilliance of Kemba Walker, and Brooks’s NBA potential went largely unnoticed. Little changed for Brooks during his rookie season, as he was the least flashy member of the Nets rotation at the 2-guard. While Anthony Morrow’s 3-point outbursts and Gerald Green’s SportsCenter Top 10 plays ruled the highlight reels, Brooks’s efficient scoring was often a mere footnote. Morrow is under contract for next season, but Green is a free agent, and his departure could return to Brooks the minutes he had at the beginning of the 2011-12 season.
One knock on Brooks is his lack of a jumper to compliment his ability to slice through a defense. Brooks shot only 31.3% from three-point range last season, a number he’ll look to improve upon this season. Should Brooks bump that percentage up to the 38-40% range, he’ll turn into a real problem for any defense.
Brooks often found himself lost in the rotation last year, as did Anthony Morrow, as a result of an inability to stick with his man on the defensive end, an issue he felt resulted from the shortened season. “I think last year one of the things that happened to me, during such a tight schedule, I wasn’t really able to lift and maintain my body mass like I wanted to and you know the little nagging injuries that you have they had a real big influence on the game,” said Brooks. With a full season under his belt, as well as a full offseason, look for big things from Brooks in Brooklyn next season.