Earlier this evening, MarShon Brooks completed his fifth game with the Maine Red Claws as part of his assignment to the NBA Development
Just like each of the four previous games he has played for the Red Claws, Brooks led his team in scoring, as he shot 11-24 en route to 26 points, as Maine fell to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 126-106.
Brooks has scored at least 24 points in all five of his games with the Red Claws thus far. He is averaging 27.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game to begin his D-League career. When I first heard about his assignment to Maine, I sincerely hoped he would rise to the occasion and use the opportunity to find his confidence and make a case for his deserving a roster spot in the NBA. So far, that is exactly what Brooks is doing.
It will be interesting to see what the Boston Celtics do with Brooks should he continue to light it up in the D. They could try to trade, as I have discussed before, but now that the Celtics have traded Courtney Lee, you have to wonder if Boston won’t continue to shed some contracts, thereby opening up a spot on the roster for Brooks. The kid was a member of the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2011-2012, after all; I could easily see him putting up 13 points and 4 boards coming off the bench for the Celtics.
I’ll keep following MarShon; you keep checking in to see how he’s doing!