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MarShon Brooks Should Be in Starting 5 for the New Jersey Nets

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Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP
Mike MoraitisAnalyst IDecember 30, 2011

If the New Jersey Nets want to help their offensive problems this season, then I think it might be wise to add MarShon Brooks to the starting lineup in their upcoming game with the Atlanta Hawks.

The past two games, Brooks has put up 17 points in each, first in 28 minutes against the Hawks, then in 21 minutes against the Orlando Magic in the game Thursday night.

If the Nets can get Brooks more minutes in the starting five, he can have more time with one of the best point guards in the NBA, Deron Williams. There's no question Williams can create offense for Brooks, helping to improve what is already a dangerous offensive player.

Combined with Damion James, Kris Humphries and Mehmet Okur, New Jersey would have a good balance of scoring, rebounding and athleticism. It's certainly New Jersey's best starting lineup possible.

The question would then be can Sundiata Gaines and Anthony Morrow help create enough offense to give the Nets support off the bench. With Shawne Williams, New Jersey's bench doesn't have a bad semblance of shooters.

Brooks might still be raw as a rookie, but it's never a bad time to give him a shot to start. Head coach Avery Johnson will look to mix-up his starters anyway as most coaches do in the beginning of a season to find the right rotation.

If he can make the most of his increased minutes, Brooks might just help make the Nets dangerous for once.


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