Brooks with the Brooklyn Nets
|No. 12 – Boston Celtics|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
January 26, 1989 |
Long Branch, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school||Tucker (Tucker, Georgia)|
|NBA draft||2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25th overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|Pro playing career||2011–present|
|2011–2013||New Jersey / Brooklyn Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
MarShon S. Brooks (born January 26, 1989) is an American professional basketball swingman with the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was originally drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 25th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, but was immediately traded to the Brooklyn Nets. He was later reacquired by Boston as part of a second trade in July 2013.
Brooks played collegiate basketball in the Big East Conference for the Providence Friars. Not heavily recruited out of high school, Brooks saw little playing time his freshman (2007–08) and sophomore (2008–09) seasons.
Brooks began to become a major contributor for the Friars in his junior season (2009–10). He averaged 14.2 points a game, shooting 46.7% from the field. Brooks posted 20 points or more in several games, including a 24-point game on 8-of-10 shooting against Vermont on November 24, 2009, a game in which he also picked up five steals. He recorded 25 points and five rebounds on January 23, 2010 against South Florida.
As a senior in 2010–11, Brooks averaged 24.6 points per game, first in the Big East. Besides leading his team in scoring and rebounding, he was second in Division I in scoring. He was named to the 30-player national midseason watchlist and was one of 20 national finalists for the 2011 John R. Wooden Award.
On February 23, 2011, Brooks scored 52 points against Notre Dame, tying the school record held by Marvin Barnes, and breaking the Big East record of 48 points in a game. He scored 35 points in the second half alone, 15 of them in the final 2:57, leading a comeback that would fall short as Notre Dame picked up the win, 94–93. Brooks scored his final points on a 3-point shot with two seconds remaining, leaving the Friars down a point. He hit 20-of-28 shots on the night. Fellow Friar Eric Murdock held the previous record of 48, set against Pittsburgh in 1991. It was also Brooks' second 40-point game of the season; he had 43 in a loss at Georgetown on February 5, 2011. He became only the third player in Providence history with two 40-point games in a season.
On March 5, 2011, Brooks scored 28 points in a regular season-ending win over Rutgers, giving him 468 points on the Big East regular season. That broke the previous single-season conference mark of 462 points set by Connecticut's Donyell Marshall in 1994.
Brooks finished his college career with 1,629 points, ninth all-time for Providence. On March 28, 2011, he was named a third-team Associated Press All-American. He was picked to the Fourth Team All-America by Fox Sports.2
Brooks left Providence College with two months left in his senior year to focus on preparing for the 2011 NBA Draft. Brooks left school two classes short of obtaining his degree.3 His professional debut was delayed by the 2011 NBA lockout, so he took the time to return to Providence College to continue work on his degree and also work out with the Friars men's basketball team.4
Brooks was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 25th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, but the Celtics immediately traded Brooks to the New Jersey Nets for the Nets' 27th overall pick in the draft (JaJuan Johnson) and a second round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. On February 8, 2012, Brooks was selected to participate in the 2012 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. He was drafted by Team Chuck. On May 14, 2012 the NBA announced that Brooks finished 10th in the Rookie of the Year voting with 4 total points. The winner was Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving.5 A few days later the NBA announced that Brooks has been named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. In 56 games Brooks averaged 12.6 points (3rd among rookies), 3.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.93 steals.6
On November 9, 2012, Brooks sprained his left ankle during the team's morning shootaround.7 MarShon would miss two games. In the beginning of the 2012-13 season, Brooks saw decreased playing time from Nets head coach Avery Johnson. Brooks admitted to having "confidence issues" early in the year. When P.J. Carlesimo became the team's coach, he gave Brooks more minutes. When Brooks was asked about Carlesimo he said, "I've got a lot more confident. That's helped my game a lot".8
On April 3, 2013 Brooks made his first start of the year because of an injury to Joe Johnson. In the game the Nets were playing the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Brooks had a career high in points with 27 on 12 of 16 shooting. The Nets would get the victory 113 to 95.9 Brooks played in 73 games for the Nets in the 2012-13 season as he saw the majority of his numbers drop, in most part due to the lower minutes per game he received.10
Brooks was traded to the Boston Celtics on July 12, 2013 in a blockbuster deal that sent Celtics stars Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the Nets.11 He was one of two players traded to the team that originally drafted them: Brooks was drafted by Boston in 2011 and Kris Joseph in the 2012 NBA Draft.
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|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- "MarShon Brooks is happy to play for Nets, return to his New Jersey roots". NJ.com. June 27, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
- Goodman, Jeff (Mar 7, 2011). "Goodman's 2010-11 All-America teams". Fox Sports (Fox Sports Interactive Media). Retrieved June 21, 2011.
- "PC’s Brooks quits school to train for NBA Draft".
- Nets’ Brooks handles NBA lockout with ‘class’
- "Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving named Kia Rookie of the Year". NBA.com. NBA.
- "MarShon Brooks named to NBA All-Rookie Second Team". NBA.com. NBA.
- Mazzeo, Mike. "MarShon Brooks sprains ankle". espn.com. ESPN.
- "For MarShon Brooks, it's a confidence game". netsdaily.com. SBnation.
- "MarShon Brooks scores career-high and D-Will dunks, as Nets blowout the Cavs, 113-95". netsdaliy.com. SB nation. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
- "MarShon Brooks on the Nets coaching staff: "I don't think they trust me"". netsdaliy. SB nation. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
- "Celtics Complete Trade With Brooklyn Nets". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 12, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2013.