Report: MarShon Brooks will play in China
Former NBA guard MarShon Brooks will once again take his talents to China, according to Sportando. Brooks will be following in the footsteps of forward Michael Beasley on the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.
According to the report, he will replace former Atlanta Hawks guard Malcolm Delaney on the roster. This will be Brooks’ second stint in China after he signed with the Jiangsu Dragons in 2015.
Brooks, who last played in the NBA in 2013-14 prior to his recent stint, looked destined to becoming a mainstay once again in the NBA after looking impressive to end the 2017-18 season. He initially signed a 10-day contract with the Memphis Grizzlies. After an outstanding showing, the Grizzlies signed him for the rest of the year and into the following season.
The former Providence standout played seven games for the Grizzlies last season and averaged an impressive 20.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.6 steals while shooting 50.0 percent from the field, 59.4 percent from 3, and 87.0 percent from the stripe.
However, he wasn’t able to carry the momentum from last season over to this season. Brooks, who was drafted 25th overall in 2011 by the Boston Celtics, played sparingly for a Grizzlies team that was looking to let their younger prospects play. He averaged just 13.3 minutes per game and scored just 6.6 points per game in 29 appearances in 2018-19.
Memphis then dealt Brooks, along with Wayne Selden Jr. and couple of second-round picks, to the Chicago Bulls for swingman Justin Holiday. The Bulls immediately waived the longtime journeyman.
Now at 30 years old, it seems likely that Brooks’ career in the NBA is over. Nonetheless, there’s always a spot in the league for bucket-getters like Brooks, and teams looking to add a spark off the bench for their team may look into calling his number once again.