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MarShon Brooks (SG, NJN)
Everyone is talking about Brooks this morning, after he posted back-toback 17-point performances, with his latest coming last night against the Magic. Of course everyone now wants to know whether or not they should rush to the waiver wires to add Brooks. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t add Brooks. It’s just a matter of putting his game and value into perspective. Know that he’s a rookie, which ultimately will mean he’s going to be relatively streaky, with the occasional “off” night. Don’t get me wrong, this guy can absolutely score. But the problem is, he’s shown early on a tendency to force his shot, which won’t sit well over time with Avery Johnson. That said, he’s probably a better option than Jordan Crawford and close in value to what Nick Young gives you. It’s all about the points (with some threes) with Brooks. He’s not going to compile a ton of rebounds, assists or defensive numbers. But, with all that said, yes, you should pick him up. But be careful in slotting him in as a weekly starter, at least early on. He’ll have his moments where he looks like, well, a rookie.
Outrageous Claim: Brooks will finish the season averaging 17 points per game, and we’ll be talking about him much like we do Young (and did Crawford). I think that over time, once he gets more NBA run, he’ll finish the season as a Top 60 players.