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What Would Marshon Brooks Bring to the Celtics?
With Danny Ainge at the helm, Boston Celtics fans like me know all too well that anything is possible. That means that all bets are off during the upcoming NBA draft, and there's as good as a chance as any that when it comes to the 25th pick, the player drafted won't be wearing green and white. Sure, Ainge might trade the first round pick, but if he doesn't Marshon Brooks could be the guy Ainge and company have in mind.
Before Brooks decided to spend the last two months of his senior year at Providence in order to focus on this year's draft, he was earning a fair share of accolades with the Friars. The fact that he's been a regular on top ten lists in the Big East throughout the 2010-11 season might mean he'll be spoken for by the 25th pick. Nevertheless, if Brooks is still up for grabs when the Cs get their first pick in the draft, Brooks is a no-brainer.
During his 2010-11 season, Brooks averaged 24.6 points and 7 rebounds per game. He was a solid .483 from the field. Brooks's 276 field goal tally was the fourth best in the NCAA that season, and he was ninth in the Big East in three-pointers made with 67.
Brooks and the Friars made it to the Big East championship this year, facing off against Marquette at Madison Square Garden in March. While they lost the matchup 87-66, it wasn't due to any lack of effort on Brooks's part. The game marked the 26th time that Brooks had scored at least 20 points in the season.
That the 6-foot-5 guard/forward earned a third team AP All-American nod after the season came as no surprise. The very next day, Brooks was named to the ECAC Division I All-Star First Team. Those honors, among many that Brooks received this past season, should give Celtics reason to be more than satisfied if Ainge and the Cs end up with Brooks by the end of the first round. If Brooks goes early, there are other solid options on the table (like Jeremy Tyler), but if Ainge is betting on neither being available then it's a safe that a trade will be in the works.
Taurus Londono has lived in Massachusetts for over ten years. His time at UMass Amherst made him a Celtics fan for life.
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