MarShon Brooks had his best game since recovering from his back-to-back injuries (achilles and toe), scoring 19 points on 7-for-19 shooting, 2-for-6 from deep, in 42 minutes. He also recovered from his bout of turnover-itis, losing the ball only once. In the four previously games since returning, he had 18 turnovers.
With his return, he's also back in the rookie rankings. He's no longer in the top three or four as he had been before being hurt, but he's still top 10. David Thorpe at ESPN may have been conservative in his prediction about when Brooks would return to form, but still ranked the Net No. 6. "Brooks is remaining aggressive," he wrote, "And I'd expect a return to normalcy once he gets back from the All-Star break."
Drew Packham ranks Brooks at No. 7. "I love the attitude from Brooks, which gives me confidence that he'll back to his pre-injury numbers (14.0 points, 4.3 rebounds)," thinks the NBA Rookie Ladder writer.