Stock skyrocketing: Dillon Brooks
The Rockets were ridiculed by the national media for signing Dillon Brooks to a four-year $86 million contract this summer. Memphis let the 27-year-old walk in free agency, despite being one of the best perimeter defenders in the league. Nobody expected him to get $20-plus million per season, but the Rockets had money to spend and a desire to contend.
Brooks has been worth every penny through six games where he has averaged 16.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.3 steals in 34.0 minutes per game. The 6’7 wing is shooting 59.3 percent from the field, 56.5 percent on his 3-point attempts, and 93.8 percent from the line. The shooting percentages are unsustainable, but the defense and scoring could be here to stay.
The 27-year-old is in his prime and eager to prove he was miscast as a 3-and-D wing in Memphis. Rockets head coach Ime Udoka wants his team to play stout defense, so expect Brooks to get all the minutes he can handle. Houston needs him to continue to make shots and score efficiently if they plan on returning to the playoffs.
Dillon Brooks' stock is way up right now. He needs to keep up his on-court play and avoid the antics. The 6’7 wing only helps the Houston Rockets if he is on the floor, so avoiding technical fouls and trash-talk is a key to his success. How long can he keep up his early production?