With the 27th overall pick in the NBA Draft, the New Jersey Nets selected Purdue small forward JaJuan Johnson, but then flipped Johnson to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Providence shooting guard Marshon Brooks, who was selected 25th.
Brooks looks like a good fit for the Nets—who needed to fill a vacancy at the position. He’s a good offensive player who can shoot the ball well from the outside.
He averaged 24.6 points per game last season, which placed him only behind Jimmer Fredette in NCAA scoring. Brooks also set a new Big East record by scoring 52 points in a single game.
Here are five predictions for Brooks as he prepares for his first NBA season.
Marshon Brooks will see a jump in his assist numbers this season.
He averaged just 2.5 assists last season for Providence, since he was busy taking the majority of the shots.
The NBA is a different game, and Brooks will find that he has to share the ball more often.
With weapons like Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries flanking him, Brooks should be able to rack up in the assists department.
He won’t dish out assists like a point guard, but it’s reasonable to think these numbers will increase.
Marshon Brooks will average more than 10 points a game during his rookie year.
He averaged 24.6 points per game his senior year in college, but he’ll likely start the year as a reserve player.
Even so, he can provide the Nets with an instant offensive jolt off the bench.
The Nets have lacked a consistent offensive attack since the days of Jason Kidd, but a full season of Deron Williams coupled with Brooks can do some damage.
Marshon Brooks will eventually become the starting shooting guard for the Nets.
Once he gets his bearings as an NBA player, he should be ready for the jump into the lineup. Midseason, or possibly earlier, could be a reasonable target.
The Nets do have Anthony Morrow, who is one of the most underrated pure shooters in the game.
Morrow is comfortable both starting and coming off the bench. In fact, he had some of his most productive games as a reserve player last year.
Brooks and Morrow combined have the potential to average close to 30 points per game.
Marshon Brooks will score over 30 points in a game at least five times this season.
When he is named a starter, there may be some nights where he is just unconscious from the field.
He can hit three-pointers, and shot 34 percent from the field last season for Providence.
Just like Anthony Morrow, Brooks can go through stretches of controlling the game, especially from the outside.
If Marshon Brooks sees these predictions come to fruition, he may be in the conversation for NBA Rookie of the Year.
Though there are many talented prospects—Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams, several international players, etc.—Brooks can make his mark on the league, especially if he’s given a chance to play.
Winning the Rookie of the Year Award certainly won’t be Brooks’ focus this season, but it could be a reward for all his hard work.
Once again, Brooks looks like a great fit for the Nets organization, who can’t wait to see their new draft pick in action (if there is an NBA season, of course).