MarShon Brooks is closer to Kobe Bryant than he is Tyreke Evans.
Jokes aside, it was MarShon who stood out in his preseason debut at FedExForum last night. In 16 minutes of play Brooks was a blistering 7-7 from the field on his way to scoring 18 points.
I mean, draining step back open threes? Driving to the basket at will? Scoring like Kevin Durant and Allen Iverson had a baby? It makes for one heck of a fun meaningless preseason game.
The game may not have meaning in terms of record, but regarding role on the roster and and minutes moving forward this showing has to mean something. Most Grizzlies fans already knew MarShon could get buckets - this game only further confirms that. But when it comes to his doing so on a team actively trying to be good, trying to defend as a team at a high level at all times? Questions remain, even after this game. Seeing this type of a showing after a regular season win over Indiana or the Nuggets? Then full belief will begin.
Until that time? The further confirmation that MarShon can score in bunches will have to do...but considering he was out of the NBA eight months ago, that’s enough to get an A+ for his efforts against the Hawks.
Other grades for the night that was...
- Chandler Parsons and Marc Gasol get A’s. Chandler is playing in a back to back. A PRESEASON BACK TO BACK! This is welcome news, as is the realization that Chandler Parsons is indeed...perhaps...actually...healthy? Chandler is moving better than he has at any point as a Grizzly and made two threes while dishing out three assists. Facilitation and spacing? IT MAY BE HAPPENING! Meanwhile, aggressive Marc was on display as he dropped 21 points on Atlanta, with 10 of them coming at the charity stripe. He still struggled shooting (1-6 from three is especially bad), but the shots will eventually fall. Attacking and getting to the free throw line is a positive sign on an active and engaged Gasol, even this early in the campaign.
- JaMychal Green gets an A for “Absolutely still my spot”. Another night, another solid showing from JaMychal. 13 points, with 3 made threes, and 9 rebounds in 22 minutes of game time shows that JaM is keenly aware that he is in a contract year and his “replacement” (ok, Marc’s replacement, but that comes later) Jaren Jackson Jr. is on the roster waiting in the wings. Green is a pro’s pro at this stage - he works, grinds, and gets his. It is nice to see JaM playing so well early - he’s ready for the season to start. JJJ doesn’t have to rush - that’s a good thing.
- Quick Grades- B+ for Omri Casspi, whose 8 points and 6 rebounds in 8 minutes of play feels very good. A C- for Jevon Carter’s 3 fouls in 12 minutes, and a D for Wayne Selden Jr.’s lackluster showing. He and Andrew Harrison look to be on the outside looking in of the rotation...at least for now.