Whatever New year’s resolutions MarShon Brooks had written for himself prior to yesterday may need to be scrapped, as the Boston
Celtics have assigned the third-year shooting guard to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League.
Unless he is somehow the next coming of Nostradamus, I don’t think MarShon’s resolutions included “Regain my confidence during stint in the D-League.”
Brooks’ assignment is just another roadblock that further complicates the career of this kid, who put up decent numbers during his rookie season with the New Jersey Nets (12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game) but who has played only 61 minutes spread out across 9 games for the Boston Celtics this season. I sincerely hope that Brooks takes advantage of his team in the Development League, because it could be the thing that helps him rebuild his confidence and turn his career around.
The question now becomes, where do the Celtics go from here? Since this is Brooks’ third-year in the league, he can still be assigned to the D-League without his consent. However, after this year, assignment to the D-League will require his consent, meaning Brooks will be stuck on a Celtics’ roster that already is loaded at the 2-guard spot if he remains with the squad after this season.
That may be the biggest “if” in the history of the NBA. It’s obvious that Brooks has been assigned to the D-League to make room for Rajon Rondo whenever he returns from his injury, and with Jordan Crawford, Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee, and even Phil Pressey getting significantly more playing time than Brooks, it is doubtful that Boston plans on picking up his option for the 2014-2015 season.
Unless Brooks absolutely tears it up as a Red Claw, then, the Celtics’ best plan of attack is to make sure Brooks sees enough playing time in Maine to make him an attractive trading chip to be used later this season. The kid has potential, but it would take a supernatural effort for him to become anything more than a garbage-time player for the Boston Celtics. If he makes the most of his team in the D-League, Brooks could prove to the NBA that he is worth another look as a solid 2-guard coming off of the bench.
The situation is really a win-win for the Celtics; either they trade him, or the let him go and free up some space under the salary cap. This doesn’t have to be a lose-lose situation for Brooks’, however, so I hope he busts his tail down there and impresses enough people that he can become a productive player on an NBA team.