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ESPN: Brooks Should Emulate Allen

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Apr 10, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA;  New Jersey Nets guard MarShon Brooks (9) during the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Prudential Center. Philadelphia 76ers defeat the New Jersey Nets 107-88. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 10, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Nets guard MarShon Brooks (9) during the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Prudential Center. Philadelphia 76ers defeat the New Jersey Nets 107-88. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

MarShon Brooks is playing well again, not that the rookie rankers notice. After hitting the rookie wall, Brooks has returned to form over the last 10 days, averaging 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3.8 assists in four games. He's also shooting better than 50 percent in that stretch and on Friday night hit the dagger, a three, against the 76ers. Overall, he's third in rookie scoring, at 12.4.

ESPN's David Thorpe suggests in his annual "Rooks and Vets" feature, that Brooks emulate Ray Allen. "He uses just one speed when coming off screens and struggles to jump straight up on his shot," Thorpe writes of Brooks and then identifies the Allen skill Brooks should learn. "Brooks is solid and comfortable on the dribble, now it's time for him to learn how to play off the ball," emulating Allen's balance on his lift and use of screens.