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Nets' Diamonds in the Rough Shine

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Apr 6, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA;  New Jersey Nets guard MarShon Brooks looks to make a pass by Washington Wizards defenders during the second half at  the Prudential Center.  The Nets won the game 110-98  Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 6, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Nets guard MarShon Brooks looks to make a pass by Washington Wizards defenders during the second half at the Prudential Center. The Nets won the game 110-98 Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

No one (other than Billy King) thought that much of MarShon Brooks last June, letting the Nets take him at #25 in the Draft. Similarly, no one (other than King) thought Gerald Green deserved a second chance in the NBA. The Nets called him up after the All-Star Break. Now both are excelling in New Jersey and want to improve in Brooklyn.

The two swingmen have succeeded both beyond the Nets' hopes. Although King has his critics, his reputation of finding diamonds in the rough remains intact. Brooks may have had it tough lately as his shot has failed to fall, but he proved vs. the Wizards that he can (still) play the point, finishing with 18, 6 and 6. Green, of course, has been a revelation. Not bad getting nearly 25 points a game from two guys who'll barely make $1.5 million between them.

Both are looking forward to the off-season and Brooklyn. Brooks hopes to "get a little stronger, put on a couple pounds ... And obviously, shoot 1,000 shots a day."

Green credits Avery Johnson --"He gives me so much confidence"-- and Mario Elie with helping him adapt once again to the NBA. He says he wants to be back for Brooklyn. "This is my home," Green told Fred Kerber. "It feels like home. Everybody treats me like it’s my home."