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All the things that made Aaron Brooks a commodity—unabashed scoring and unconventional play making among them—now seem to hinder his progress.
When the late first-round pick emerged as a legitimate point scorer for the Rockets in ’08-09 and ’09-10, fans were impressed by the value rendered from such a late selection.
Expectations began to change as those same fans realized that a player averaging 19.2 points per game with a 16 PER in just his third professional season could be much more than a good value pick. Quickly, Brooks became the presumptive point guard of the future in Houston.
Those expectations in turn revealed holes in Brooks’ game, namely his defensive inadequacies and questionable shot selection, and Houston soured on him quickly. When Kyle Lowry replaced him as the main man in Houston, Brooks moped his way out of town.
After his trade to Phoenix midway through last year, Brooks’ minutes continued to slide. Now he finds himself in the fragile position of being both relatively young and lacking momentum.
In Europe, Brooks might prove he’s the kind of complete player worthy of the 30+ minutes per game he seems to think he deserves. With Steve Nash aging, a strong campaign in Europe could convince the Suns to more fully invest in Brooks as the heir apparent.