Breaking Down Everything LA Lakers Fans Need to Know About MarShon Brooks

MarShon Brooks is now on his fourth NBA team since being drafted in 2011, so it's understandable if Los Angeles Lakers fans are scrambling to figure out who this shooting guard is. 

In less than a calendar year, Brooks has now been traded three times, as the Lakers officially announced the trade one day prior to the Feb. 20 deadline: 

The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for guard Steve Blake, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

You might know about Kent Bazemore for his towel-waving stint with the Golden State Warriors and his breakout performance during this past Summer League, but Brooks is more of an unknown commodity. 

Should LA get excited about having another young player at its disposal? Should fans expect to see more offense or a little bit of defense? 

Travel back in time with me so we can figure out everything you need to know about the Lakers' new acquisition. 


Journey to the NBA

It wasn't until college that Brooks became a well-known name, and even then he was under the radar. 

Coming out of Tucker High School in Georgia, the shooting guard was a 2-star prospect, per "Heavily recruited" is about the last way you'd describe him, as he failed to earn interest from any schools other than Providence. 

Fortunately, the Friars ended up being a great fit for him. 

Brooks struggled for playing time as a rookie, but he steadily increased as a scorer until he was one of the nation's best during his senior season under Keno Davis. Take a look at this progression, courtesy of 

During that final season calling Rhode Island home, Brooks absolutely exploded. Not only did his points per game skyrocket,...

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