Aaron Brooks the Real Deal?

Tyler PowerContributor ISeptember 29, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 12:  Aaron Brooks #0 of the Houston Rockets moves the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 12, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Entering training camp, Rockets guard Aaron Brooks has suddenly gone from a guy too small to be a factor in the league, to the guy who is going to have to be the man in Houston this year.

To be a primary scorer as a third year player, especially after sharing the ball with T-Mac, Ron Artest, and Yao Ming in previous years, would be a challenge for any guard. But Brooks seems unfazed.

“I think there's going to be more pressure on me to make plays," Brooks said. "Not just score.”

“We added some great pieces, so it'll be more on me to initiate the offense and get us some good looks.”

Talk is one thing, but as the old cliché says: Actions speak louder than words.

But considering Brook's performance in the 2009 NBA playoffs, we could definitely say that the young, undersized Oregon product plans on backing up his words.

In 13 playoff games last year, Brooks averaged 16 points, along with a couple of rebounds and assists. And it is noteworthy that in the games Houston won, Brooks played on a high level.

These stats may average for someone who will be looked upon as a scorer, but Brooks will need to help set up teammates this year at a slightly higher caliber.

If Brooks could get his assist numbers up to around five per game, which is not a stretch, he could be an ideal point guard. Other teammates like Ariza and Scola can create their own shots and don't require direct passes from Brooks.

That is just the nature of the 2009-2010 Rockets. Brooks may not be the best playmaker on the team, but he shouldn't need to be.

The days of being a rookie and lobbing the ball into Yao, or dishing the ball to T-Mac are long gone now. Brooks has the benefit of leaving the locker room leadership duties to Shane Battier, but he will be the leader and general on the court.

Brooks has the skill and work ethic to be the man in Houston.

All that is left to be seen is if the rest of the Rockets will buy in to a six-foot, 160 pound guard who can be, and has to be, the real deal for Houston.