Last season, rookie Marshon Brooks was one of the bright spots in an otherwise dull season for the New Jersey Nets. This season, everything has changed about the franchise, roster, and team, and Marshon’s role will change as well. He will move from starting shooting guard who needs to play well if the Nets want to win, to sixth or seventh man on the team, who can provide instant offense off the bench.
In an interview with SLAM Magazine, which you can see here, Marshon says that he expects to be “Sixth man of the year, sixth man of the year. I’m not going to sell myself short.” Of course, it is unlikely that Marshon Brooks, in his sophomore year, will be able to win this award, but I am very happy that this is what he expects out of himself.
Brooks had some other interesting comments in the video, especially some concerning the different guard lineups that the Nets can throw out at opponents this year. He mentions how most of the guards on the team can play at both guard positions, if not the small forward position, which can cause problems for opponents. For example, a lineup of Deron Williams at the 1, Marshon at the 2, and Joe Johnson at the 3 will be deadly on offense. Also, C.J. Watson is a high-level backup point guard, which can let D-Will play the 2 occasionally with Marshon at the 3. This can open up the floor for Deron to get easy baskets and for Marshon to show off what he claims to be his “underrated” passing ability.
When asked about how last season went and his midseason slump, Marshon is glad that it is over with and he is ready to move on. He realizes that teams began focusing on him more than any other player on the roster, which is why his production dropped. This season, teams will not be able to focus only on Marshon because of the other potent players on offense. This should allow Marshon to average the same amount if not more points than last season in less minutes and on less field goal attempts. Also, because of his midseason slump last season, Marshon will hopefully not experience a sophomore slump this season and will come out ready to play at a high level.
I am excited to see how Marshon performs next season and whether he can fulfill his goal of winning the NBA’s sixth man of the year award. First, though, he will need to beat out Mirza Teletovic and Reggie Evans to even be the sixth man on the Brooklyn Nets. Expect Marshon to average around 15 ppg next season.