Future Watch: Dillon Brooks Rookie Basketball Cards, Grizzlies – The 2017-18 season for the Memphis Grizzlies has been rough. At the beginning, they saw themselves as a legitimate second tier Western Conference team. After a slow start and a season ending injury to star point guard Mike Conley, expectations in Memphis plummeted. Now sitting among the bottom teams in the NBA, the Grizzlies are looking towards the future. One bright spot for the team this season has been second-round forward Dillon Brooks. In a lost year, this rookie has started to shine.
Born in Canada, the Mississauga, Ontario native found his way to the University of Oregon by way of Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada. In his freshman season, he averaged 11.5 points per game. This earned him a spot on the Pac-12 Conference All-Freshman Team. Brooks led the Ducks to a Pac-12 Conference regular season title as a sophomore, averaging 16.7 points per game. Oregon earned a top-10 national ranking that season, raising Brooks’ profile. He returned to Eugene for his junior year, but was hampered at the start by a foot injury. Still, he played in 35 games averaging 16.1 points. After his junior year, he declared himself eligible for the 2017 NBA Draft.
Despite Brooks’ per-game college stats: 14.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists, he was buried in a class of elite physical talents. Scouts were lukewarm on his athletic ability heading into the draft, and wondered if his emotions would keep him from succeeding at the next level. Measuring 6’6” in shoes, his height and length (6’6”) came off as “nothing special” to a lot of teams. Despite his average physical traits, Brooks impressed scouts with his ultra-competitive nature and ability to finish at the rim. On draft day, Brooks was selected in the second round, 45th overall, by the Houston Rockets. Immediately, he was traded to Memphis.
Brooks may be a second rounder, but he has been a significant contributor for the Grizzlies all season. In fact, he’s the only player on the team to play in every game. Among rookies, he’s 14th in points per game with 8.9, and eighth in minutes with 28.0. Over his last five games, Brooks has been getting more opportunities. During that span, he’s averaging 12.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. The Grizzlies will give Brooks every opportunity to shine and grow on this roster. Fans in Memphis love their Grizzlies, and it’s no surprise they have already embraced Brooks as one of their own. Collectors, keep an eye on his stats as the season progresses. He’ll get every opportunity to shine down the stretch.
Dillon Brooks already has some great autographed rookie cards in the market. They can be found in 2017 Panini Contenders Collegiate Draft Picks Basketball. As a draft pick, collectors can be assured to find NBA licensed rookie cards of Brooks in a number of 2017-18 Panini NBA basketball card products during the 2017-18 NBA season.
Future Watch: Dillon Brooks Rookie Basketball Cards, Grizzlies – Other Resources
- NBA.com Player Profile – Dillon Brooks
- Dillon Brooks – Secondary Market Pricing
- Future Watch: 2017 NBA Draft Recap, Most NBA-Ready Players
- Future Watch: 2017 NBA Summer League Top Rookie Players
Future Watch: Dillon Brooks Rookie Basketball Cards, Grizzlies – Image Gallery
Here’s a look at cards featuring Dillon Brooks in his Memphis Grizzlies uniform.
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