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Sunday, May 18, 2014
Lakers player reviews: MarShon Brooks

By Dave McMenamin

Lakers/Kings
MarShon Brooks scored 23 points in his fifth game in L.A. but was a benchwarmer by season's end.

MarShon Brooks

2013-14 salary: $1,210,080 | Age: 25 | Season stats: 6.4 PPG, 1.7 RPG

Season recap: Brooks burst into the league in 2011-12 as an explosive scorer for the then-New Jersey Nets, looking like a draft-day steal upon putting up 12.6 points per game as a rookie after being selected with the No. 25 pick. He's played for three different teams in two seasons since then, as his game has been exposed as somewhat inefficient and his attitude somewhat aloof. Nonetheless, he showed off his considerable talents in his short time with the Lakers. He just wasn't able to do enough to establish a consistent role.

Season highlight: In just his fifth game with L.A. after being acquired at the trade deadline from the Golden State Warriors along with Kent Bazemore in a deal for Steve Blake, Brooks went off for 23 points in 26 minutes in a 126-122 win against the Sacramento Kings.

Season lowlight: While Bazemore blossomed into a fan favorite and a promising piece for the future, Brooks became a benchwarmer. The shooting guard received a DNP-CD in 10 of the Lakers' final 19 games despite a litany of injuries ravaging the rest of the roster.

Final grade: C

Notes: Brooks' arrival was helped by being paired with Jordan Farmar in the backcourt. The two played together previously for the Nets and had a nice chemistry on the floor when they got burn together in L.A. Once Farmar went out in March with a groin strain, Brooks seemed to lose his way with the Lakers. By the time Farmar returned to the lineup with only a handful of games left in the season, Brooks had already fallen out of favor with coach Mike D'Antoni.

Quotable: "My situation is just trying to get into a situation where I'll be on a summer league team for somebody or go into minicamp and just earn a job."
-- Brooks, following his exit interview

What's next?: Brooks will have a lot to prove just to stay in the league moving forward. He has the talent to be an NBA player, but he needs to improve the perception of him around the league by working on all the intangibles -- work ethic, versatility, coachability -- that will make a team want to take a chance on him in the future.