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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Providence SG Marshon Brooks
Posted By Ben Rohrbach On June 14, 2011 @ 9:54 am In General | 4 Comments
WEEI.com continues to provide daily insight and analysis on the 2011 NBA draft. This is one in a series of profiles of players who might be available for the Celtics to select with one of their two picks (25th and 55th overall).
Position: Shooting Guard
Weight: 195 pounds
Stats: 24.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.5 apg
What he brings: Any comparison to Kobe Bryant — good or bad — will grab the attention of scouts from every NBA team. And the wiry Brooks has been linked  to both sides of Bryant.
An elite scorer who can create his own shot, as evidenced by his 24.6 points per game (second only to BYU’s Jimmer Fredette in the country), the Atlanta native also attempted 17.8 shots a game. Not only has Brooks’ shot selection been questioned , but he’s also been equated to a black hole for the basketball (98 turnovers vs. 80 assists).
Still, his production and efficiency (48.3 FG%, 34.0 3PT FG%, 77.2 FT%) as a senior are undeniable, and the struggling Friars (15-17) required Brooks to shoot in order to contend in the Big East. Just take a look at the box score  from Providence’s 94-93 loss to Notre Dame. He scored 52 points on 20-of-28 shooting.
Defensively, Brooks hasn’t played much man-to-man in the Providence system, but his ridiculous 7-foot-1 wingspan along with his per-game rebounding (7.0), steals (1.5) and blocks (1.2) numbers from the two-guard position offer evidence of his potential on that end.
Brooks prefers comparisons to Jamal Crawford  over Bryant, and that’s probably a better best-case scenario for him. Considering the Celtics are expected to be among the rumored destinations for the Hawks free agent  and 2010 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, Brooks offers a cheaper alternative if the Celtics decide to go that route.
Where the Celtics could get him: First or second round.
What they’re saying: “I was very, very surprised. He’s an untamed talent. His size and ability to make shots will get him drafted. He’s crafty in his ability to create space for his game and with the right team he can help somebody in the league.” – Attack Athletics (Chicago) trainer Mike Procopio , a transplanted Boston native whose current and former clients included Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Paul Pierce and Kevin Durant among others
Notes: I’m always skeptical of guys in any sport whose stock rises — nay, soars — at draft combines, and Brooks certainly falls into that category, climbing all the way to No. 19 on ESPN’s latest Top 100 Draft Prospects  chart. … I’m also wary of 22-year-old guys who blossomed late in college (14.2 points per game as a junior), and then never returned to school  after Spring Break of his senior year despite needing only two classes to graduate. … Just think of the nickname possibility if the Celtics do draft Brooks: The Green Marshon!
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 has been linked: http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/blog?name=nba_draft&id=6555985
 shot selection been questioned: http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Marshon-Brooks-6347/
 the box score: http://espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=310542507
 prefers comparisons to Jamal Crawford: http://blogs.hoopshype.com/blogs/sierra/2011/06/09/marshon-brooks-im-more-crawford-than-kobe/
 the rumored destinations for the Hawks free agent: http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=19838
 Attack Athletics (Chicago) trainer Mike Procopio: http://www.projo.com/pc/content/PC_Friars_Marshon_Brooks_05-26-11_HVOA4KR_v4.2b18895.html
 Top 100 Draft Prospects: http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/draft/results/top100/_/year/2011
 never returned to school: http://www.projo.com/pc/content/sp_bkc_brooks_20_03-20-11_39N3M89_v3.1188feb.html
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