The Oklahoma City Thunder are in the midst of their offseason, and with each passing day, the NBA gets more and more drama filled. This week’s topic has been centered around Memphis Grizzlies wing Dillon Brooks.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the Memphis Grizzlies have informed Dillon Brooks that the pending free agent will not be brought back under any circumstances. Damichael Cole then reported that Dillon Brooks wants a “bigger role” than the one he was subjected to in Memphis.
The Oklahoma City Thunder signing Free Agent wing Dillon Brooks this offseason would be a disaster.
Dillon Brooks has done himself no favors this season, antagonizing LeBron James in the postseason and falling flat in the Grizzlies’ first-round playoff exit.
Brooks played 73 games to the tune of 14 points, three rebounds, two assists, and a steal per game while shooting 39 percent from the floor, 32 percent from beyond the arc, and 78 percent at the free throw line.
Brooks is a below-average three-point shooter for his career without any saving grace. Brooks shot 34 percent on corner triples in the corner, 32 percent above the break, and 38 percent in the mid-range. However, the Oregon product is in the 23rd percentile at the rim, a lowly 58 percent at the cup.
Synergy grades Dillon Brooks as a below-average offensive player, struggling in transition, against man defense, in the pick-and-roll, off handoffs and screens, and a lousy cutter.
However, the saving grace is Dillon Brooks’ defensive prowess, ranking in the 75th percentile in points per possession and 79th percentile as an isolation defender. While that is all good, his offense is unplayable, considering where OKC is.
Without providing floor spacing or rim-finishing, or high-level passing, Brooks has no role in a Mark Daigneault system. Especially if he wants a more advanced role, who would you take away touches from to get them to Brooks?
Roster spots are at a premium for the OKC Thunder this offseason and beyond. With all of their current young players plus future NBA Draft Picks, they can not afford to waste one on an offensive liability on an already good defensive team.