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The 25th overall pick in the 2011 draft, MarShon Brooks was an extremely pleasant surprise for the New Jersey Nets last season, averaging 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game while playing well in the backcourt alongside Deron Williams.
Though he lit up Big East defenses during his four years at Providence, it was unclear how Brooks' game would translate to the NBA level. In due time, he made a smooth transition and became the Nets' starting 2-guard early in the season.
Brooks will earn $1.2 million next season, and then $3.58 million over the next two years, both of which are team options. He has a $3.8 million qualifying offer for 2015-2016.
Brooklyn just made a blockbuster trade for Joe Johnson, who will obviously take over the starting spot, but considering that the 31-year-old swingman will be earning nearly $20 million next season and almost $25 million at the end of his deal, is he that much of an upgrade?
Brooks is a good athlete; he's capable of running the floor well and getting out in transition. He has a tight handle and can break his man down off the dribble or move around screens to create separation for an open jump shot.
He does not have the best shot selection, but he is a skilled passer with the size and strength to also spend some time at small forward. His three-point shooting was not great in his rookie season, but that often happens in the adjustment to the NBA level.
Brooks could be an electric sixth man off the bench for the Nets, but if they do decide to trade him, possibly for a power forward, his inexpensive deal and impressive production mean that plenty of teams in need of perimeter scoring will be very interested.