Marshon Brooks has struggled with the ups and downs of professional basketball, having started his NBA career brilliantly before being thrown from team to team. The versatile player, who can play either as a shooting guard or in small striker positions, is currently experiencing a career jump with the Memphis Grizzlies after several years playing away in Italy and China.
Marshon Brooks Biography
Brooks was born MarShon Scitif Brooks, son of Darlyn Brooks and Freddie Woods, on January 26, 1989, in Long Branch, New Jersey. He lived with his family in the city by the beach until he was about six years old when they decided to move south to a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia called Stone Mountain.
Marshon Brooks received most of his education in the nearby town of Tucker, where he attended Tucker High School, where he was a mainstay of the basketball team. After graduating high school, Brooks enrolled at Providence College, where he found it difficult to impose himself on his teammates and join the team, as he hardly made an appearance in his first two years of college. In his junior year, however, Brooks’ role became increasingly important and he made a significant contribution to his team, averaging 14.2 points per game.
As a college graduate, his influence became even more significant, averaging 24.6 points per game and leading his team in both goals and rebound, earning him a place on the list of 20 national finalists for the 2011 John R. Wooden Award. Brooks finished his college career with a total of 1,629 points and finished ninth in his school’s overall scorer list. He was also selected with the third-team Associated Press All-American and the fourth team Fox Sports All-America.
Marshon Brooks’ extraordinary accomplishments in his final year of college culminated in his being selected as the 25th overall Boston Celtics competitor for the 2011 NBA Draft. After they caught him, the Celtics Brooks immediately switched to the New Jersey Nets and traded him for another player and a future draft pick.
Brooks enjoyed an impressive start to his NBA career when he secured a place in the 2012 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge before averaging 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 56 games. Although his score was the third-best among the rookies, Brooks finished 10th in the Rookie of the Year competition before being named to the second NBA All-Rookie Team. He then spent another season with his home team before joining the Boston Celtics in July 2013.
Brooks’ time in Boston was only half of the 2013-14 season before he got back on the road. During that time, he made ten appearances averaging 3.1 points and 1.9 rebounds while also playing for the Development League partner, Maine Red Claws, before being transferred to the Golden State Warriors in a three-team deal that included the Miami Heat in January 2014. Brooks spent just over a month with the Warriors, playing only 7 games, averaging 1.9 points per game for the team, while also playing for the Santa Cruz Warriors, before being sent back to the Los Angeles Lakers in February 2014, this time to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Marshon Brooks found some playing time in LA, performed 18 times, and averaged 6.4 points per game. At the end of the season, he joined the Sacramento Kings for the 2014 NBA Summer League, but after failing to secure a significant contract, he decided to go abroad and sign for the Italian team Emporio Armani Milano. He spent a whole year with the team, playing a total of 40 games, in which he averaged 13.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. When his contract with the Milan-based club ended, he moved to China to play for the Jiangsu Dragons.
Brooks remained abroad until March 2018 when he secured a 10-day contract with the NBA team Memphis Grizzlies. A month later, after impressing the team’s coaching staff, the Grizzlies signed him to a multi-year contract.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements
Marshon Brooks’ height is indicated as 1.96 m or 1.96 m, while his weight is indicated as 91 kg or 200 lb. His other body measurements are wingspan – 7 feet 1 inch, standing room – 8 feet 5 inches, hand length – 9 cm, and hand width – 10.5 cm.