Brooklyn Nets: Midseason Grades

Kris Humphries, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace
Seems like a lifetime ago. (AP)

MarShon Brooks

Orlando Johnson, MarShon Brooks
MarShon Brooks (AP)

It’s hard to grade Brooks fairly because of the surrounding uncertainty. Brooks has not found his spot in the rotation, and with little help from both former coach Avery Johnson and current interim coach P.J. Carlisemo, he may never find one. However, when Brooks does get out on the floor, the second-year player has shown some signs of maturity.

For one, Brooks is taking better shots, as his effective field goal percentage (eFG%) on shots at the rim is 71.2% percent, up from 60.7% from last season.  Brooks has razzled and dazzled with nifty dribbling moves and fakes to get to the basket this season. Brooks has shown signs, when given the chance, of last season’s excellent rookie campaign. He has the Joe Johnson ability to go one-on-one with a defender and create his own shot.

But, as is always the caveat with Brooks, his defense is still a liability.  Brooks needs to commit himself more on the defensive end — he’s a flashy defender who will get nice steals and blocks but lacks the ability to lock down another player. Brooks is a high-risk, high-reward defender and that has not helped him this season.  

Based upon the little bit that we have gotten to see Brooks since the beginning of the season, he is having a slightly above-average season, but a down year from last year’s campaign.   
-John Hood

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Full List:
Andray Blatche | Keith Bogans | MarShon Brooks | P.J. Carlesimo | Reggie Evans | Kris Humphries | Joe Johnson | Brook Lopez | Tornike Shengelia | Jerry Stackhouse | Tyshawn Taylor | Mirza Teletovic | Gerald Wallace | C.J. Watson | Deron Williams