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Brooks Top Scorer...and Athlete

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MarShon Brooks is a scorer. He says so. His stats say so. But he is also an athlete and in fact, he is, at least according to the Pre-Draft Combine numbers, a better athlete than any Net draft pick going back three years: better than Terrence Williams, Derrick Favors or Damion James.

A review of the combine measurements at Draft Express shows that Brooks scored higher than Favors, James or T-Will in vertical leap --both no-step and one-step, in the 3/4 court sprint, and in lane agility.

His wingspan of 7'1" exceeds all but Favors' 7'4" and is the longest ever recorded for a player under 6'6". His hand size, a new measurement the past two years, is greater than James and Favors sixth bigger, in fact, than the 6'10" Favors.

It's that athleticism and those physical gifts that make Avery Johnson believe he can turn Brooks into a defensive stopper.  But it's also a big reason why he is a potent scorer.

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  • Brooks' vertical leap was measured in Chicago at 34" standing and 38.5" one step. That's considerably better than T-Will's 30.5" and 37"; James' 30.0" and 37" in 2009; or Favors' 31.5" and 35.5".  (James was measured twice, in 2009 and 2010. His 2010 numbers were worse in virtually every category.)


    Favors' maximum vertical leap, 11'7.5" was six inches lower than Favors 12'1.5",  three and a half inches lower than James, and a half inch lower than T-Will's, about in line with the height differential among the three.  In only one other category, number of 185-pound reps did all the three best him. He could only lift that five times. T-Will did it nine, James 10 and Favors 14.

    Brooks' three-quarter court sprint time was 3.09 seconds, very fast historically and the same as James' 2009 speed (and better than his 2010 speed). It was faster than T-Will's 3.18 and Favors' 3.25 as well. And in terms of lane agility, the time required to move sideways around the key while taking coaching instructions, Brooks' time was 10.74 seconds, again historically fast and again better than James' 10.89, T-Will's 11.15 and Favors 11.74.

    In the 2012 draft, Brooks ranked second in no-step vertical leap, eighth in maximum vertical leap, fourth in the 3/4 court sprint, ninth in lane agility and ninth in body fat percentage. T-Will ranked slightly higher in body fat percentage.

    Historically, his vertical leap is on the same scale as Richard Jefferson who scored 33.0" and 38.5" in the 2001 Combine (but less than Jordan Farmar's 33.5" and 42.5" in 2006).  His 3/4-court sprint time is in the very high percentiles, a tenth of second faster than Devin Harris' 3.19 seconds, for example. It puts him in fast company among current NBA players: Michael Conley had the same speed, 3.09 secs.; Russell Westbrook and Dwyane Wade, one-hundredth of second faster at 3.08; and Derrick Rose at 3.05. John Wall? 3.14 seconds.

    How's it all help him?  A lot of his game is getting into the lane and by defenders or stepping back near the three-point line. Speed and leaping ability are crucial.