New Jersey Nets Rookie MarShon Brooks Could Be Surprise Rookie of the Year

John NizinskiAnalyst IIIDecember 18, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI - DECEMBER 04:  Marshon Brooks #2 of the Providence Friars drives for a shot attempt against the Rhode Island Rams at the Dunkin' Donuts Center on December 4, 2010 in Providence, Rhode Island. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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The New Jersey Nets acquired Deron Williams from the Utah Jazz at last seasons trade deadline.  In doing so they had to give up significant draft picks.  

One of those picks included the third overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.  The soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets had to rely on a late first-round pick that they had from the Lakers.

Billy King—who is making deals on draft day a regular occurrence—was able to move up two spots and trade their 27th overall pick and a second-round 2014 pick to the Celtics for the 25th pick.  

The player the Nets selected was shooting guard MarShon Brooks out of Providence.  

The Nets had Brooks ranked 15th on their draft board and were shocked that they were able to get him that late.  Much of the reason for Brooks being drafted late in the first round as opposed to earlier could be because of the struggles of Providence.  

The New Jersey Nets are doing everything they can to be relevant and a contending team in the NBA.  However, they still don't have that elite scorer out of the shooting guard or forward positions which elite teams have.  

Billy King described MarShon as "a basketball player that knows how to put the ball in the hole."  

The Nets starting shooting guard when the season starts will most likely be Anthony Morrow because he is a proven three-point threat and with the lockout, Brooks has not had enough time to prove that he deserves to start.  

The Nets have more depth in the backcourt now with Brooks and hope that Williams and Brooks can pair up and be a serious scoring duo in the league.

MarShon Brooks has been compared to Kobe Bryant multiple times.  While that is obviously a tall order and it is way too early to tell, the similarities are most certainly there.

Brooks set a new Big East record for points in a game when he dropped 52 points against Notre Dame.  This was after he scored 43 points against Georgetown.  

He was second in the NCAA last season in points per game with 24.6.  His long-range jump shot and ability to get to the basket and shoot in traffic does resemble that of Kobe Bryant.

MarShon Brooks should get plenty of playing time on this Nets team.  Plus, with Deron Williams, who is arguably the best point guard in the NBA feeding him the ball, he could easily lead all rookies in scoring.

To go along with being an extremely well-rounded and complete scorer, Brooks is also a strong rebounder for his position.  

He stands at 6'5'' with has a 7'1'' wingspan and averaged seven rebounds per game in his final year at Providence, which is a lot of rebounds for a shooting guard.  

MarShon Brooks may not be projected to win the Rookie of the Year with top draft picks Kyrie Irving, Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams looking to be forces right out of the gate.  

However, with the combination of ample playing time, a strong point guard and a variety of scoring abilities, he could easily lead all rookies in scoring and surprise the NBA and become Rookie of the Year.