MarShon Brooks: Why Boston Shouldn't Panic About His Abscene in Boston
The "big three" era in Boston will soon be over and the chances of Pierce, Allen, Garnett and co. winning another NBA championship are rapidly diminishing.
I, among other Boston fans are intrigued to see how GM Danny Ainge and Coach Doc Rivers will go about renovating the team after "The Big Three" are no more in Beantown, which could be as soon as next season.
A valuable commodity for a team nearing an almost total rebuild?
This bring us to Wednesday night.
Two nights ago, the C's faced an injury-ridden New Jersey Nets team, playing without key players such as Deron Williams, Kris Humphries, and Brook Lopez.
Despite a poor offensive showing in the first half, Boston eventually cruised to an easy 89-70 victory.
The bright spot on the night for a pitiful Nets side however was the play of rookie shooting guard MarShon Brooks.
Brooks played extremely well, helping himself to a team-high of 17 points.
It was another impressive showing for Brooks who has gone into double figures in 5 of his 7 games in the league this young season and is averaging 14.1 points and 3.4 rebounds a game overall so far.
Despite crushing their rivals, the victory was bittersweet for the Celtics as they actually drafted the man who tormented them all night with the 25th pick in last year's draft before trading him to New Jersey.
With the Boston offense stuttering for a large part of the game, it was disconcerting that the team might've traded away a very talented player who did nothing but put up points.
After the game, I spoke to a few friends who all shared the same concern: did we trade away someone with the potential to be the next Allen Iverson? Or, did we give up a player who could be an All-Star and leading us in a few years?
Worrying, especially as we need all the talented youngsters we can get ahold of if we will be rebuilding in less than a few years.
However, this is not a time to panic.
Sure, it'd be nice to have Brooks giving us 15 points a game off the bench and becoming our next star shooting guard once Ray Allen retires, but there are a few things to consider.
For one, Danny Ainge is a very shrewd businessman as he effectively traded for an NBA Championship and he knows exactly what he's doing...most of the time (forget the Oklahoma trade).
The trade that sent Brooks to Newark netted the C's the Nets' first round pick in 2011 (which turned out to be JaJuan Johnson) and their secound-round pick in 2014.
Should the Celtics have traded MarShon Brooks?
None of this is guaranteed, but if he reaches his potential, he has the skills and athleticism to become an All-Star at the Power-Forward position to replace the (eventually) outgoing Kevin Garnett.
Also, with some smart drafting, that second-round pick could also become a huge building block in the rebuild (if in 2014 the C's are in fact rebuilding).
That player could also become a big contributor for basketball in Beantown and he could become an All-Star.
Not only that, 7 games isn't really a huge sample size and things will change a lot for Brooks throughout the season, especially when the Nets' stars like Deron Williams return.
Finally, it's unlikely if Brooks was still in Boston, that he'd be seeing the minutes he is right now (23:18 mpg).
Ever since the "Big Three" arrived in Boston, Ainge and Rivers have made it perfectly clear that they much prefer seasoned veterans over fresh faced youngsters.
Take Greg Stiemsma.
Stiemsma has been a fantastic high-impact player for the Celtics so far this year, but despite his play, he is still second fiddle to the significantly older and weaker Jermaine O'Neal.
If Brooks was in Boston, it's likely that a veteran like Keyon Dooling or even Avery Bradley would be ahead of him in the depth chart which would severely limit his minutes and at the same time limit his effectiveness.
So, it sucks for us to be watching a player we drafted playing so well for another team, but at the end of the day, if it wasn't for the unique circumstances in New Jersey and he was still in Boston, Brooks would not be playing nearly as well as he is right now.
And if he turns into the next Dwayne Wade, at least we have The Steamroller: Greg Stiemsma.
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