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Why we should draft Marshon Brooks

I've noticed that a lot of BEdgers have largely focused on drafting either a PG (Nolan Smith, Reggie Jackson, Darius Morris, etc.) or a big (Kenneth Faried, Nikola Vucevic, etc.) when we're overlooking getting a SG (yes, I'm aware that there's a post below me on Alec Burks). We're solid at SF and, between Batum, Wallace, Aldridge, Camby, and Chris Johnson (3 of which can play C), we have plenty of options at PF, especially if Oden stays or we re-sign Przybilla. Andre has at least 1 more year left and I think, unless we can trade for Curry or someone better, we should give Armon another shot at backup (love Patty's energy, but he's not someone I want to see getting a lot of PT). That leaves us with figuring out what to do at SG. Matthews has done well as a starter and I think he could be really good for us with a bit more experience under his belt. Rudy's never been the same since that hard foul by Ariza; imo his only notable contributions this year have been flopping, getting steals, and throwing lobs to Aldridge. And then there's Brandon Roy. I love this man, and I'll never forget what he's done for this franchise. However, I don't think we should delude ourselves into thinking he'll ever return to that 2008-09 form. As much as I wish he could, his knees simply won't allow it. His performance in Game 4 was extraordinary, and that's exactly what it was: out of the ordinary, beyond the status quo. Once every blue moon, he'll have a game like that; but it's become so rare that it's something we should never count on.

This all points me toward drafting one particular person: Marshon Brooks. Check out the stats.

http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Marshon-Brooks-6347/stats/

Offensively, he has a pretty complete game. He can drive to the basket, has great mid-range game (can create his own shot in iso and shot almost 56% from 2-point range), is decent from 3-point range (shot 35% and 34% in his last 2 seasons respectively) and makes a dencet number of FTs (77%). Granted, he did have 3.4 TO's a game, but I think that's a direct correlation to his usage.

Defensively, I haven't seen much footage of how well he guards his man, but I do know he had 1.5 steals, 1.2 blocks, and 4.8 defensive boards in his last season.

I've heard that he does have a couple knocks to his game, mostly that he needs high usage to be effective, and is selfish/doesn't pass a lot (only 2.5 assists in his last season). That was a product of him doing what his coach told him to. Watch the whole interview if you like, but go to the 3-minute mark to see what I mean.

http://youtu.be/jw2cgO2ujWU

We don't need him to be the distributor that Roy is/was. We have Miller, so it doesn't matter if Brooks' assist numbers are low because he's not the one facilitating our offense like Roy did. I'm not sure how he'd fit into the Blazers' offensive scheme, but I do know that I would love to see Miller dishing assists to him.

What do you guys think?

P.S. When he scored 52 points, the current record for a Big East player, he went 20-28 from the field with only 6 FTs. When Brandon Roy did this, he went 14-27 from the field and needed 19 FTs.

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