Marshon Brooks (Providence)
6'5 SG, 195 lbs.
Marshon came out of nowhere and made a name for himself at Providence. Always known as a savvy scorer at the college level, he really became a known commodity after his 52 point outburst against Notre Dame. As he goes through workouts, expect his draft stock to increase to possibly mid-teens.
Offensively, Marshon is known as a straight out old-school scorer. He can score off the dribble, off of backdoor cuts, around the basket, and off of the catch-and-shoot. However, at Providence, he showed bad shot selection, and NBA execs will question whether he's a black hole or simply needed to take those shots given the quality of his team.
Marshon has great ball-handling ability as a two guard with an above average, though not elite, first step. He can slither into the lane using great body control to get off unorthodox shots. His body movements are uncanny like former Bull, John Salmons. Off the catch-and-shoot, he is pretty deadly with his feet set, and showed good results at the draft combine. Though he's a creative balll handler, he'll need to prove he can use that ability to help set up teammates.
Defensively, it is hard to judge how he will do at the next level since Providence played zone. He will most likely struggle in going around screens and chasing guards until he is able to add a little more weight. However, Marshon has a crazy wingspan at 7'1 and should be disruptive once he learns the defensive system though lateral quickness and foot-speed seems to be average for the next level.
How does his game translate to the next level?
Overall, in a draft in need of impact talent, I see Marhon's draft status increasing until the mid-teens and at the latest being drafted in mid-twenties. He is a do-it-all scorer, but there will be questions as to whether he will be a ball-stopper or a team creator.
His game seems to resemble that of a Jamal Crawford in his frame, his ability to handle the ball, and the ability to get hot in a hurry. The difference between Marshon is that he has the defensive length to be a force, but can he uses his abilities to do more than simply score?
How does he fit on the Bulls?
When talking about the Bulls, the biggest needs for the Bulls is a secondary ball-handler next to Rose, another offensive weapon, while still being able to play a little defense. From a general standpoint, Marshon fits the bill perfectly and could be had if we are able to trade up slightly (maybe 3 or 4 picks higher).
However, the Bulls are going to need to do some major background research to determine if Marshon can be a team player or if he is going to be disruptive. While he is a scorer, is he going to get a chance to play for Coach Thibs?
Marshon seems to be the type of player that will need to play through mistakes offensively, and Thibs is going to have to adjust a little. Even with a crazy wing-span, it also might take time for him to learn Coach Thibs defensive system as he has played zone primarily in college.
Overall, I am looking at this draft with flexibility. The first priority to me is to get another threat offensively that can create next to Rose. If the Bulls are not able to trade for that veteran, then I am all for the Bulls trying to trade up to get Marshon on this team.
While there may be a couple of other players we can draft that provide more stability, Marshon provides an opportunity to be a more impactful player. At worst, he may be a sixth man type player. If he becomes a ball-stopper, there are always ways to try and trade him.