From everything that’s been coming out of training camp this last week it seems like Jordan Crawford is currently well ahead of MarShon Brooks in the rotation.
This is pure speculation based on the talk going on around those guys, but Crawford has been mentioned far more than Brooks. Even as I give further thought to the matter, we have barely heard anything of Brooks in this week. Nothing from him, or from Brad or from anyone else.
I never thought that this would be happening. I thought Brooks was going to be highlighted a whole lot and given every chance to be the 6th man of the future for the team. But as of now, we’ve heard absolutely nothing of his place on the rotation.
Besides, Crawford apparently has Ainge’s seal of approval – I don’t really know what that means but that’s what he’s saying. From the Boston Herald:
The shape and tenure of Crawford’s future with the Celtics largely will be determined by how the club is able to remake itself over the next year or two and what trades become available. But he is comforted by the fact his front-office boss, Danny Ainge, is among his strongest supporters. Ainge has always liked guys who can enter a game and score in bunches, and he’s tuned in to other aspects of the 6-foot-4 guard’s game, as well.
“It’s a great thing to have,” Crawford said of Ainge’s approval. “He’s looking at me as a person. It’s refreshing. You can go out and be yourself. When you can go out and be yourself, it makes it possible for you to be the best player you can be.
“I mean, you ain’t got to worry about nobody disliking you because of the way you walk into the room. When you ain’t got to worry about stuff like that, it makes everything easier. So I appreciate everything he’s done for me — the confidence he’s shown in me and even going out into the paper and saying that I’m a good passer and I could be the replacement point guard.
I won’t be against giving Crawford a chance at proving he can be a team player and a solid contributor, but I will be against not giving that same chance to Brooks. From the background they both have, Brooks even deserves the chance more, and he probably has a better shot at succeeding as a long term 6th man.
Crawford’s style is so weird. His moves on the court do not precisely shout NBA player; more like street-ball player.
Then again, here’s what coach Stevens had to say about him (via MassLive):
Of course, what really matters to the Celtics is how Crawford handles himself on the court. So far, Stevens has offered nothing but positive commentary about the guard, actually praising his shot selection and calling him, to date, the consummate teammate. Stevens mentioned a moment when he pointed out one of Crawford’s mistakes on film; the guard took the advice to heart, made a small adjustment, and fixed his approach in the ensuing practice.
Said Stevens, “That’s how you get better, you don’t take those things personally, you just go, and you go to work. Jordan set a good example of that.”
And in the midst of all this talk where is Brooks? Nowhere to be found. That worries me because Stevens has been praising everyone and I’ve not heard any comments about Brooks coming out from him.
We’ll wait and see how each guy plays in the preseason and how rotations turn out, but today, all signs point to Jordan Crawford being in the Celtics rotation while MarShon Brooks warms the bench.