What will Brooks' role be? Stay tuned

October, 19, 2012
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Nets guard MarShon Brooks has said that he wants to win the Sixth Man Award.

Coach Avery Johnson has said he wanted the second-year pro to go into training camp with the goal of becoming a starter -- even if he was likely going to come up short.

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But after an injury-plagued training camp and preseason, Brooks, who made his preseason debut Thursday night, might have trouble getting minutes in Johnson's rotation.

"We're not sure yet," Johnson said when asked about Brooks' role as a possible sixth man prior to Brooklyn's 115-85 loss to Boston. "We're not going to box ourselves in."

Why?

Well, Avery Johnson has had Joe Johnson anchoring the team's second unit. The coach also wants to play Deron Williams at the two-guard in a small backcourt with reserve C.J. Watson.

So how exactly is Brooks going to find minutes? Sure, the 23-year-old can score (12.6 points per game as a rookie) but his defense is sorely lacking.

Also remember, Avery Johnson loves veteran Keith Bogans because of his ability to defend and knock down the open 3-pointer.

To get playing time, Brooks is going to have to pick it up fast. He missed the first three preseason games due to tendinitis in his right foot.

He has some work ahead of him.

Mike Mazzeo

ESPN New York Writer

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Joe Johnson
PTS AST STL MIN
16.7 3.8 1.0 34.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 8.0
AssistsD. Williams 6.8
StealsD. Williams 1.1
BlocksB. Lopez 1.6