Kobe Bryant and MarShon Brooks: 5 Similarities

John NizinskiAnalyst IIIJanuary 20, 2012

Kobe Bryant and MarShon Brooks: 5 Similarities

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    Kobe Bryant is one of the top NBA players of all time. So comparing anyone to him is a stretch and is probably gonna end in that player failing to live up to the expectations.

    MarShon Brooks is one of the most promising rookies in the entire NBA. He began drawing comparisons to Kobe back in his college days at Providence college. Brooks was the second leading scorer in the NCAA last year, trailing only Jimmer Fredette.

    Comparing anyone to a player as elite as Kobe Bryant is usually never a good idea. There are, however, some interesting similarities between the two.

Scoring

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    First and foremost, Kobe Bryant and MarShon Brooks are both scorers. 

    There are only five people in the history of the NBA who have more career points than Kobe Bryant. He has led the league in scoring twice and in 2006, Bryant scored a career-high 81 points against the Toronto Raptors. That was the second highest total points in a single game in NBA history. Bryant currently leads the league this season with 30.8 points per game.

    MarShon Brooks has been the New Jersey Nets most consistent scorer this season. The more playing time he gets, the more he continues to produce. He currently is second among rookies with 15.1 points per game and averages 25.1 points per 48 minutes.

The Fadeaway

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    One of Kobe's signature moves is his fade-away. He has won many games with that move. Bryant has mastered the art of the fade-away and inherited the best fade-away in the NBA today, from Michael Jordan. 

    In his young career, MarShon Brooks has been effective when taking a fade-away jumpshot from his opponent. It look as if Brooks is trying to emulate Bryant's fadeaway, just as Bryant did to Jordan.

Rebounding

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    One of the things that makes Kobe Bryant so special is his rebounding ability. Kobe has averaged 5.3 rebounds per game in his career. His rebounding ability makes him a complete player, and not just a scorer.

    MarShon Brooks has shown that he can grab rebounds himself. In his senior year of college Brooks averaged seven rebounds per game. So far in the NBA, Brooks has averaged 4.4 rebounds a game. In the past six games, he has averaged six rebounds, including back-to-back games with eight.

The Draft

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    Kobe Bryant was drafted 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996. That means that 12 teams passed up on one of the greatest players of all time, including the New Jersey Nets, who chose Kerry Kittles.

    MarShon Brooks was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 25th pick in the 2011 NBA draft. 

    Both Bryant and Brooks were taken later in the draft, and both never played a game for the team that drafted them.

Rookie Seasons

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    MarShon Brooks has been given significant playing time to start his career. Bryant slowly earned his playing time in his rookie season. 

    Kobe Bryant averaged 17.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per 36 minutes in his rookie season.

    Brooks is averaging 18.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per 36 minutes.