6 players the Rockets should target from the Chinese league

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5. MarShon Brooks

MarShon Brooks is a name many may not be familiar with, as the 31-year-old has been somewhat of a journeyman. Brooks was drafted with the 25th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft but has yet to stick on with one team.

All in all, Brooks has played for five different teams through five seasons in the NBA. On top of that, Brooks has never spent more than two seasons with one organization.

At 6-foot-6, MarShon Brooks has the size to play either forward spot in the Houston Rockets small-ball lineup, which will certainly be beneficial to the Rockets. Brooks has shown himself to be an elite 3-point shooter, as he shot 59.4 percent from deep during the 2017-18 season.

This was not only the best on the team, but this was the best 3-point percentage in the entire league during that season. Although this was a fairly small sample size, this was also a good barometer of Brooks’ stellar shooting ability, as he attempted 4.6 treys per game, and we know he’d be letting them fly under Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni. During that season, Brooks had a player efficiency rating of 26.1, and a true shooting percentage of 62.9 percent, which was a team-high for the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brooks also shot a blazing 52 percent from deep during the 2013-14 season, which was also the best 3-point percentage in the league. All in all, Brooks is a career 34.5 percent long-range shooter and has a career average of eight points per game, which would be valuable for the Rockets’ bench.

Brooks is currently playing for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association and has played stellar. The 31-year-old is currently averaging 28.2 points per game, which is ninth-best in the league. What’s even more impressive about this is the fact that he’s only attempting 19.8 shots per game, as he has a field-goal percentage of 54.8 percent.

On top of that, the Providence product is shooting 8.3 triples per game and is hitting 43.5 percent of those. Through six seasons of international play, Brooks is shooting 40.5 percent from 3-point range, which further indicates his ability to shoot the three.

Brooks has had a true shooting percentage of 65.8 percent and a player efficiency rating of 26.8, which ranks seventh-best in the league. Brooks is attempting 42 percent of his shots from long-range, which is exactly what he would be asked to do in Houston.

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