MarShon Looks to Make Impact
Kings.com catches up with Coach Malone and veteran guard MarShon Brooks following Saturday’s practice in Las Vegas.
Kings Summer League invitee MarShon Brooks has a clear outlook as he sets his sights on Week 2 with the squad.
“I know exactly what’s expected of me – I know my strengths, I know my weaknesses, I know what [the coaches] want to see – so I just have to execute,” stated the 6-foot-5 shooting guard, who’s played for four organizations over his NBA career.
Saturday in Las Vegas, No. 0 was all over the court as he aimed to make a difference throughout Sacramento’s morning session.
During the box-out defensive drills, Brooks sprinted sideline to sideline before aggressively boxing out his opponent. Then, during the full-court 4-on-3 situational drills, he jumped in passing lanes, pushed the ball ahead on the fast break and dove into chairs on the sideline to save possession.
All of it, he says, is just another day on-court.
“I am trying to make a team, so I just have to play hard,” he stated. “[The Kings] have two young shooting guards, so I just have to try to teach them everything I know that I picked up over the last three years and throughout the League… [I’m here to] just compete and give them everything I have to offer.”
With three years of experience, Brooks knows a Summer League opportunity with the black-and-purple isn’t just a chance to make Sacramento’s roster, but an opening to impress the entire League.
After being selected with the 25th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, the Long Branch, N.J. native was immediately traded to his hometown team. With the New Jersey Nets, he went on to start 47 games and average 12.6 points per contest before earning NBA All-Rookie Second-Team honors.
Brooks remained close to home for one more season – as the Nets moved to Brooklyn – before rejoining the Celtics. His time in Boston was again short lived, as he was traded to Golden State and later to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he finished the 2013-14 campaign.
Despite his travels, one constant has remained – something that stood out to Coach Malone.
“He’s a professional scorer,” said the Kings leader. “I mean the guy can score the basketball. He has an NBA skill and it’s to put the ball in the hole, and he’s shown it in a very short NBA career [so far].”
The Providence alum brings a scoring punch to a young, dynamic backcourt.
“Our first priority is Ben [McLemore], Nik [Stauskas] and Ray [McCallum], so MarShon has to fit in when he can,” admitted Malone. “But when he’s in the game, we need him to be aggressive within the offense.”
Friday night against San Antonio, Brooks finished with five points off the bench, including two of which came on a two-handed slam in the second quarter as he weaved through three defenders and drove the ball home.
“Nik made the play for me,” said the veteran guard. “He drew some attention from me with the pump-fake, then he swung it. The hole just opened up.”
With Charlotte on the horizon for the Kings Summer League team, Brooks won’t have to wait long for his next opportunity to get the crowd buzzing. Tip-off for Sunday's game against the Hornets is slated for 3 p.m.
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