Marshon Brooks made his professional debut in the New Jersey Nets preseason opener against the New York Knicks on Saturday afternoon. The Knicks defeated the Nets 92-83. Marshon came off the bench and scored 10 points on 4-6 shooting (0-2 from downtown, 2-2 from the line) in 15 minutes of play. He also grabbed a rebound, but also turned it over three times.
“Sometimes I break down the offense just by holding on to the ball,” Brooks said.
“That’s when Avery (Johnson) really gets on me. He’s like, ‘Rook, if you want to shoot it, just shoot it! Just don’t take 10 seconds.’ My main thing is, me playing at Providence last year, late in the shot clock, getting the ball, and calling for a ball screen, waiting 10 seconds, that’s obviously not going to happen with Deron (Williams) and people who can score the ball around me. So (Johnson) just said, ‘If you’re going to go for it, go for it. Make it happen fast.’ ”
MarShon Brooks might not have looked quite as good as Iman Shumpert in his NBA preseason debut, but the Nets rookie did exactly what we Nets fans are hoping he can do this season, score points. Brooks scored 10 points in just 15 minutes of playing time. He made four out of six shots from the field, only missing the two three-point attempts he took. Brooks looked comfortable right from the start, as he drained a 22 footer with his first shot.
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MarShon Brooks was impressive in his rookie debut, finishing with 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the field (only missing a pair of 3-pointers) and finishing with 10 points.
“[He did] just what we wanted,” Johnson said. “[He was] able to make plays off the dribble … we didn’t have that last year.
“I want him to be aggressive. Defensively, he did exactly what we needed him to do, but I liked his aggressiveness offensively.”
Billy King described MarShon as “a basketball player that knows how to put the ball in the hole.”
The Nets starting shooting guard when the season starts will most likely be Anthony Morrow because he is a proven three-point threat and with the lockout, Brooks has not had enough time to prove that he deserves to start.