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MarShon Brooks working on attacking off dribble, finishing

Aug 23, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

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For his first couple seasons in the NBA, MarShon Brooks has been a potentially dynamic scoring guard who doesn’t score quite as well as you would hope.

He didn’t finish all that well at the rim (a mediocre 62 percent in the restricted area) and he shot 32 percent from the midrange and 27 percent from three last season. He’s athletic and strong in transition but struggled to fit into Brooklyn’s halfcourt offense. Plus, he didn’t defend well. He was one dimensional.

Now he’s getting a chance to get a fresh start in Boston — new team, new coach, new opportunity. Brooks told ESPN Boston he has worked on getting stronger and attacking off the dribble for the upcoming season.

His offseason workouts have been geared towards adding strength to help him finish near the rim (he wants to create more off the dribble), and conditioning to help him navigate an 82-game schedule.

“I just have to prove that I can do more than just score, get others involved as well, defend on the other end,” said Brooks. “It’s a great challenge. It’s what the NBA is all about. And I’m excited about my opportunity.”

Brooks faces one other challenge in Boston — they are loaded at the two. Avery Bradley will start (next to Rajon Rondo when he returns) then fighting for minutes behind him are Courtney Lee, Jordan Crawford and Keith Bogans.

Brooks is going to have to be better to get the run he wants.

If he proves he can be steadier from the outside with the threat of the drive, he becomes more effective. He’s also got to get better on defense. The guys ahead of him on the depth chart are better than him in at least one area.

Brooks is just entering his third NBA season, when we often see a jump in productivity as players start to figure out both what they need to do and how to do it at this level. Brooks could be a great get — Boston wanted him as part of the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce moves, and they got him. Boston is betting on him making that leap.

We’ll see. It’s on Brooks now.

  1. kingwithringz - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    He Should have played more in the Nets/Bulls playoff series.

  2. money2long - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    didnt courtney lee fall out of favor as the year winded down? keith bogans is type old but will play defense i guess. i thought the mission in boston this year was development and letting the younger guys thrive. i expect brooks to possibly fight for his rotation spot early on, specifically more with jordan crawford..but eventually he should be able to carve out a decent role if the work he puts in this summer pays off. no need to worry about a logjam in his case. they will need his scoring anyway.

  3. qpoiu1 - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    He wasn’t looking quite excited on his introduction…

  4. ia8711 - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Wish MarShon the best.. As a Nets fan I was disheartened to hear he was traded. Brooks was severely misused and underplayed last season by idiot PJ Carlesimo.

  5. knowmewell85 - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Who care?! I mean honestly it’s Marshawn Brooks! This is not news!

  6. 2016olympics - Aug 24, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    He’s got a lot of talent but has always been too thin and easy to push around. Hopefully he’s been lifting, he needs to bulk up.

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