Check out Brooklyn Nets guard MarShon Brooks and his top highlights from the 2012-13 season above, set to "Cissy Strut," a 1969 single by The Meters.
Coming out of the draft, one of the knocks on MarShon Brooks was that he was a gunner, not a particularly solid team player, and though he got "baby Kobe" comparisons was more routinely derided as another version of then-Wizards guard and current 76er Nick Young, known for shamelessly shooting his way through games and shooting teams out of them. I was a little more bullish on Brooks's passing ability, calling him instead the more refined "gentleman's Nick Young," and I stand by that comparison.
There was nothing gentlemanly about this though, as Nick Young could do nothing but stand by and watch as the self he could have been tore past him for a two-handed slam.
Yes, it was against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the Cavs are still a professional basketball team, and Brooklyn Nets guard MarShon Brooks put up a career-night, hitting his first ten shots en route to a 12-16 shooting night, finishing with a career-high 27 points and tying a career high with 7 assists.
Brooks finished a few plays with his sneaky athleticism -- he's not immediately explosive but has an extraordinary wingspan for his size (6'5" in shoes with a 7'1" wingspan) and has a maximum vertical leap around 38.5". His composure was also a theme throughout the night; even when a shot didn't seem readily available, Brooks took as much time as needed without wasting it to find an open look for himself or others.
With Johnson and Wallace still in doubt for tonight's game against the Chicago Bulls, we may get a chance to see what MarShon Brooks can do against a stingier, top-level defense.
MarShon Brooks is a bit of a darling for Brooklyn Nets fans: undeniable offensive talent, smooth, smart, fun to watch, but can't seem to stick in the rotation. Against the Detroit Pistons, Brooks put together one of his best halves of the season: attacking the lane, hitting a four-point play, and looking like he belongs in the rotation. The Nets ended the half with a 59-45 lead, Brooks with 8 points on 3-3 shooting, adding two blocks. Watch:
MarShon Brooks gets fancy, crossing up Eric Gordon (though admittedly, Gordon only fell because Brooks stepped on his foot), and then lays in a slick layup under Robin Lopez's arm. Some nice first-half minutes for Brooks. Watch: