Derrel Johnson, SNYNets.com
NEW YORK — Over the course of Avery Johnson’s final six games as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, MaRshon Brooks scored just seven total points, including three straight scoreless efforts.
But now, it appears MarShon Brooks has regained his confidence on the basketball court.
Brooks has only gone scoreless in one game under current Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo, and has scored in double figures in 3 of the 11 games. He recently scored a season-high 17 points against the Phoenix Suns back on Jan. 11.
After the Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors back on Jan. 15, an excited Brooks put out the following tweet:
Oh yea, that's 7!!!—
Marshon S. Brooks (@Marshon2) January 16, 2013
Obviously, since then, the winning streak was stopped by the Atlanta Hawks this past Wednesday night.
But there’s no denying that Brooks has been a new man under Carlesimo. He’s even gotten a couple of mentions from the head coach.
“MarShon played extremely well, typically in the second half, he made a huge effort defensively,” Carlesimo said after the Nets defeated the Pacers. After the win over the Raptors this past Tuesday, Brooks was again a topic of discussion for his coach. “MarShon was really good,” he said when highlighting the impact of the Nets bench.
As a rookie last season, Brooks averaged 12.6 points per game, including scoring a season-high 24 points twice.
There were high hopes for him coming into this season, but he’s still averaging just six points per game on the season. Let’s remember, however, that with a healthy Brook Lopez—who only played five games last season—and the additions of Joe Johnson and C.J. Watson, there are less minutes and shot attempts for Brooks.
Even still, he seems to be putting it together as of late.
For Brooks to break further into the rotation, he is going to have to continue to make a “huge effort defensively”, as his coach said, and do so more consistently. With the right focus and attitude, this is something I can see him doing for the rest of the season and going forward. Thankfully for him, after a change of coaches that has seen his minutes increase, MarShon is headed in the right direction.