This weekend I got together with Rahat Huq from TrueHoop’s Houston Rockets blog Red94 to discuss the recent trade involving Aaron Brooks and Goran Dragic.
Go to Red94 to read the full transcript, but find a few excerpts of Rahat’s observations on Brooks below:
Rahat: Brooks is not a playmaker, period. He’s at his best when he has the green light to score and not worry about setting up the offense. He struggles with interior passing and was so poor at post-entries that the team just gave up on having him on the same side of the court as Yao when the latter was healthy. As you would imagine, he is also a pretty bad defender.
On the flip side, he’s a legitimate weapon. The regression in his numbers this season can largely be attributed to an ankle injury and frustration over his contractual status. His favorite victims are Derek Fisher and Steve Blake. He can spot up, come off screens for 3s, take his man off the dribble, and is also dangerous from mid-range. Made huge strides last season with a floater near the basket, correcting a tendency from previous years to be stuffed at the rim. While Brooks is primarily a scorer, one of his greatest virtues was that he rarely holds onto the ball; he is very decisive in his moves.
Brooks is a classic sparkplug but his weaknesses preclude anything more.
Rahat: Regarding Brooks, I had been advocating a trade since last season. Based on what Kyle Lowry got, my assumption is that AB would be looking for $7mill-$8mill/year, a cost not palatable for the current structure of this Rockets team. This is not to say Brooks isn’t worth that much — that could be appropriate value on the right roster — but it wasn’t worth it for the Rockets.