Brooks hoping to work his way up the depth chart

Brooks hoping to work his way up the depth chart
October 15, 2013, 1:00 pm
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The MarShon Brooks Tour makes another stop in familiar territory tonight when the 6-foot-5 guard returns to Brooklyn.

The former Nets guard had a chance to play at his alma mater Providence College, during a preseason game against the New York Knicks on Oct. 9.

But as much as he enjoys seeing old friends and the all-too-predictable reminiscing that surely comes about, Brooks understands that his focus now has to be on future -- specifically his future with the Celtics.

More than half of the preseason schedule has concluded, and Brooks remains buried on the team's depth chart at shooting guard.

He had a semi-breakout performance in Boston's 111-81 preseason win over New York on Saturday, scoring 13 points to go along with two assists and three steals.

From a confidence standpoint, Brooks arguably benefited more than any other Celtic player from the team's first preseason win.

"It was huge, it was huge," Brooks said of his play against the Knicks. "I just wanted to go out there and play my game.  Right now, I'm just trying to fit in and make the right play."

But even that might not be enough to get him on the floor any more than he was last season in Brooklyn playing behind Joe Johnson.

Boston doesn't have a player on the perimeter comparable to Johnson, but they do have a slew of shooting guards who have all positioned themselves ahead of Brooks.

Regardless of whether he's playing point guard or shooting guard, Avery Bradley is a lock to play major minutes.

The emergence of Jordan Crawford as more than just a shooter has also pushed Brooks back on the depth chart.

When you throw in Courtney Lee and the emergence of Phil Pressey, it's clear that Brooks has his work cut out for him if he is to somehow manage to carve out a spot in the player rotation.

Bradley was a lock to play major minutes for the Celtics at the start of training camp. But the surprisingly consistent play of Jordan Crawford and the emergence of rookie Phil Pressey has also kept Brooks buried on the depth chart.

One of the big knocks on Brooks has been his ability to defend, something he focused on improving over the summer as well as in the preseason.

"It's coming along great," Brooks said of his defense. "I'm really looking forward to getting extended minutes so I can really test exactly how much better I got defensively this summer."

And what better place to test it out than Brooklyn, the only team Brooks has ever played for.

"I'm just going to be ready if my name is called," he said.