In most gyms across the country, you'll find a kid who can flat-out score. They may not be the most athletic or intelligent, but they simply have a knack for getting a ball in the basket. Brooks was that kid in college, only his athleticism and size measured out to an NBA player instead of a local men's league star.
As a senior at Providence College, Brooks posted 24.6 points per game. The Friars finished 15-17 overall.
As a rookie with the New Jersey Nets, Brooks put up 12.6 points per game and made the All-Rookie Second Team. The Nets finished 22-44.
Then, suddenly he was on a winning team with the Brooklyn Nets, going 49-33. Unfortunately, Brooks was relegated deep on the bench, posting just 5.4 points in 12.5 minutes a night. This only fueled his reputation of being a great scorer on bad teams.
In Brooks' defense, all four of his coaches since starting college have been fired. The only one still working for a basketball team is Keno Davis, now the head coach of Central Michigan University.
In Brad Stevens, he meets another brand new head coach. Much of Brooks' future in the league lies with Stevens. He could be used as a valuable piece or get buried on the bench again.
The range between best- and worst-case scenarios for Brooks may not be drastic, but it might just be the difference between NBA life and death.