Houston Rockets small forward Dillon Brooks is a polarizing figure, to put it politely. Either you see his value or you think he's overrated, it seems.
And especially ever since he got $90 million from the Rockets. Memphis Grizzlies fans swear Brooks isn't a winning player, as they believe he was all about himself and wasn't willing to take a back seat to Ja Morant and Desmond Bane.
Brooks has made it a point to try and quell this notion whenever he's been afforded the opportunity, as he's gone on the record about feeling like the Grizzlies didn't fully believe in him.
The national media seems to have bought into the same logic, providing more proof that Brooks will have a long way to go if he wants to change the perception of himself. HoopsHype’s Frank Urbina concocted a top 100 list and left Brooks off the list entirely.
Houston Rockets wing Dillon Brooks receives blatant disrespect from prominent national writer
Urbina ranked Brooks 22nd on his positional rankings and seems to have cut off the top 100 with the 21st-ranked small forward on his list, Benedict Mathurin, who came in at 100.
Leaving Brooks off a top-100 list feels criminal, as he's easily one of the league's best defenders, which factors heavily into a top-100 discussion. The list seemingly inflates the point guard position, as nine of the top-25 players are point guards.
Urbina states that the small forward position is the second-most prevalent, as seven of the top-25 players play the three. In spite of that, Brooks, a player who made All-Defense and averaged 14.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.6 assists was left off Urbina's list.
Brooks will have the opportunity to prove everyone wrong this season, as he figures to occupy a significant role for the Rockets.