Houston Rockets: Market For Aaron Brooks

By Richard Huang

May 1, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha (2) handles the ball against Houston Rockets guard Aaron Brooks (0) during the second half in game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Rockets defeated the Thunder 107-100. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks  did a phenomenal job where he was mismanaged or coached last season playing a backup role to Patrick Beverly or Jeremy Lin. He is a play maker with veteran experience. He may not have played as up tempo as the rest of the Rockets, but then again he mainly played during garbage time or when Jeremy Lin was out during the slower paced Rockets offense during the post season. He was also solid defensively, albeit not as aggressive or young as Patrick Beverly. He played very efficiently having a career high 45.9% field goal percentage in Sacramento.

The Houston Rockets have a lot of history with Aaron Brooks. Brooks was taken 26th in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. On February 19, 2009, Rafer Alston, was traded to the Orlando Magic minutes before the trading deadline, making way for Brooks to become the starter. He averaged around 14 Points and 4.5 assists per game as a Houston Rockets starter, slightly less than what Jeremy Lin is scoring now.

2008-2009 was a big season for Aaron Brooks. Brooks scored 11 points in 27 seconds in a close First Round 107-103 Playoff loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, scoring three 3-pointers and a fast break lay-up. Aaron Brooks scored a then career-high 34 points in Game 4 of the 2009 Western Conference semi-finals as the Rockets, without captain and number 1 draft pick Yao Ming.

2009-2010 was another success for Brooks. On January 13, 2010, Brooks scored a new career high of 43 points in triple overtime against the Minnesota Timberwolves. On March 15, 2010, Brooks scored the game winning shot against the Denver Nuggets with less than 3 seconds left in the game. On March 17, 2010, Brooks shot 7 for 7 from behind the three arc against the Memphis Grizzlies, setting a new franchise record. On April 11, 2010, Brooks made history again becoming only the sixth player in NBA history to make over 200 3-pointers and over 400 assists in a single season. On April 23, 2010, he was named NBA Most Improved Player, averaging 19.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game.