The Indiana Pacers may be looking to sign MarShon Brooks, according to Shams Charina of Ream GM. Suffice it to say that if Larry Bird wen this route, this would be a monumental downgrade from All-NBA star Paul George in the aftermath of his (presumed) season-ending injury during a Team USA scrimmage on Friday night.
Then again: What wouldn’t?
There is no replacing a two-way beast like PG. But if Indiana did go out and pick up Brooks and added him to a wing rotation that included Rodney Stuckey, they would be well on the way to cornering the market on Undersized Two Guards Who Showed Some Early Promise But Haven’t Amounted to Much.
So there’s that. MarShon Brooks impressed some people as a rookie, averaging 12.6 points per game (on 42.8% shooting) in 29 minutes a night. Let’s not forget, though: This was while playing for a comically bad New Jersey Nets team during the lockout-shorted 2011-12 seasons. He started 47 (of 66) games that year, which sounds cool until you remember that Kris Humphries lead the team with 62 starts while Sheldon Williams started 35 games, and DeShawn Stevenson started 30.
The 1986 Boston Celtics, they were not.
Brooks saw little time the following year, after the team added Joe Johnson, C.J. Watson, Keith Bogans, Jerry Stackhouse, plus got a full season of Gerald Wallace and made an early-season coaching change (dumping Avery Johnson for P.J. Carlesimo). Still, on a per-36-minute basis, he scored just as well with a much-improved efficiency (shooting 46.3%).
After that, he bounced from the Celtics to the Warriors to the Lakers — all during last season — and never got any burn to speak of in any of those locations.
He certainly has some skill, so perhaps by signing him Bird would be deciding to roster both Brooks and Stuckey with the hope that one of them would catch on.