S.I.: MarShon losing rotation spot for defense

Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace have the honor of taking the majority of Brooklyn’s most difficult defensive marks, and there’s enough cross-matching potential with C.J. Watson and Deron Williams to shield Stackhouse and Bogans from opponents who would capitalize heavily on their declining athleticism. Whereas Brooks loses his way on an incredibly regular basis, Stackhouse and Bogans at least have their defensive bearings about them — an trait which Johnson obviously puts at a premium, even relative to Brooks’ bucket-getting potential.

Read more: Rob Mahoney, The Point Forward — Wolves’ Williams among those sliding further down the depth chart

Mahoney’s assessment is spot-on; MarShon Brooks is a porous defensive player, and Stackhouse’s value as a spot-up master playing off talented creators beats Brooks’ ability to replicate Joe Johnson and Deron Williams to a lesser degree. Even with Brooks’ offensive wizardry, the team’s offense has struggled with him on the floor, scoring just 95 points per 100 possessions (the worst of any rotation player)

I have faith in Brooks as a Bench Mob scorer if he can get consistent minutes, but as long as Coach Johnson plays Joe Johnson as the Bench Mob scorer, there’s not much space for Brooks in the rotation just yet.


  1. I don’t think MarShon really replicates Joe or DWill much at all this year. How often have you seen them drive and dish? It isn’t really Joe’s game, and DWill has been shying away from it. Marshon does it a lot. The only other player we have who drives well on a regular basis is Crash, and he’s not the passer Marshon is. He can create easy looks for even our offensively-challenged power forwards.
    I think the main problem is that Avery needs to be in control all time, and Marshon is a highly opportunistic player. Remember how we use to get lots of sneaky offensive rebounds last year? Also, he’s better in a running game (yes, even or especially his defense), and Avery doesn’t want any of that at either end .