In addition to Monday's acquisition of James Johnson, the Kings also solidified their backcourt by signing Point Guard Aaron Brooks to a 2 year deal. We asked Tom Martin, editor of SB Nation's Rockets blog The Dream Shake to give us a breakdown of the player we're getting. Brooks played all but 25 games of his NBA career in Houston, and won the NBA's Most Improved Player award for the Rockets in 2010.
Strengths: Great dribble, can weave and slash through just about anything. Good pull-up jumper if he creates enough separation. Smart, diverse scorer in general, can make a basket from anywhere. He got much better his third year at finishing in the lane, so while he still gets blocked every now and then, it's not as bad as it was before. He's a willing passer but not necessarily a great one, but it's still a big part of his game. He can really get out and run in transition, his speed is up there with the fastest in the league. Excellent free-throw shooter. Takes care of the ball for the most part - his TO numbers aren't bad at all. Isn't afraid to take the big shot -- some of our most memorable moments from 2009 and 2010 came when Brooks stepped up and either knocked down a big three or drove to the hole and surprised everyone with a layup. He's pretty durable for his size, despite missing games in his final year.
Who knows how much Brooks has changed since going to China? I haven't seen him play in almost two years, and that's when his game took a turn for the worse. But Aaron is a hard worker and really enjoys the game -- if he can find his stroke again, you're looking at a very exciting, productive point guard on offense. Let's hope Robinson and Boogie can man the fort on D when he loses his man.
Big thanks to Tom for the breakdown.