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The Houston Rockets have finalized a deal that will bring back Aaron Brooks to Clutch City. But the Rockets already have a younger, bigger point guard in Patrick Beverley who has been playing well as of late. Is Aaron Brooks a security blanket just in case Beverley gets hurt or struggles or is he a legitimate threat to be the backup to Jeremy Lin?
Beverley is averaging just 6 points, 3 assists, 2.5 rebounds and a steal in 15 minutes a game but in his last five games he’s been on a tear, especially since he took over for Toney Douglas. In Beverley’s last five games he’s averaging 10 points on 58% shooting from the field and 62% from deep, 3.2 assists, 3.4 rebounds and a steal in 20 minutes a game.
I think as of right now the backup point guard job is Beverley’s to lose, but if he struggles even just a tiny bit I wouldn’t be surprised to see Brooks step in for him.
Brooks has struggled since he was traded from the Rockets halfway through the 2010-2011 season, but he’s a veteran who knows the style of play the Rockets run and is comfortable in Houston. He will be working hard in practice to show he deserves a spot in the rotation and with an unproven guy in front of him I expect him to get a shot before the season is up.
It may take Brooks to a few practices to get comfortable with his new teammates but it won’t take long before it’s a battle for the backup point guard job. Beverley has shown he’s not going down without a fight.