There shall be just one extra of those this off-season. Every week from Monday, we transfer into the pre-season. You survived this far…
In a “re-draft” of the 2021 NBA Draft this week, Bleacher Report moved Cam Thomas (initially No. 27) up 4 spots and Day’Ron Sharpe (initially No. 29) up one. B/R solely redid the primary spherical so everyone knows how they really feel about Kessler Edwards. All we all know is that B/R did not transfer him as much as No. 30 or increased He was taken at 44.
The Nets draft that yr, contemplating the place they picked, was greater than strong. Thomas, Sharpe, Edwards and undrafted David Duke Jr. performed nearly 3,000 minutes final season, beginning a mixed complete of 40 video games, led by Edwards 23. You may argue that Thomas’ 28-foot dagger at MSG — to cap a 28-level comeback — was a, if not the, season spotlight .
Now, after their rookie seasons and Summer League, what can followers count on from final yr’s rooks? Do they get new and improved variations or do they fade within the background as others acquired within the off-season take their minutes? Brian Lewis, in his projection of minutes this season, wrote that he anticipated Thomas to get 1,100. He performed 1,173 final season. As for Sharpe, Lewis tasks he’ll get 800, greater than double final season’s 384 and that is sensible. Edwards, who performed 989 final season, can also be attributable to bounce to 1,100.
At this level, somewhat greater than per week from Media Day on September 26, Thomas is one in every of numerous wing gamers, however Sharpe is the backup middle … relying on what the Nets do with Ben Simmons. He is being groomed for larger issues. Still solely 20, Sharpe has been the topic of an enormous organizational push, the Nets brass believing that he can develop extra of his abilities — passing and deep capturing — that he’ll want in his second yr. It’s an enormous precedence, as issues stand.
Alex Schiffer, in his mailbag this week, touched on the significance of Sharpe. Asked which of final yr’s rookies is more likely to see the most important impression, Schiffer responded:
I believe it is Sharpe due to the present depth chart. Thomas will seemingly are available often (assuming everybody stays wholesome), however scoring is his area of interest and the roster has loads of it. I might put Kessler Edwards in second place behind Sharpe as a result of his 3-and-D potential stays enticing for this workforce regardless of the commerce for O’Neale.
Sharpe helped his standing by taking and making just a few three’s (3-of-10, to be particular) in Summer League. Thomas confirmed off some neat playmaking (4.2 assists per sport) and Duke wound up the Summer League’s tenth highest scorer (at 19.0) however he and Thomas each had issues from deep, hitting 26 and 27 %, respectively. There was no massive bounce of their general video games and Thomas’ protection was once more discovered wanting though he was praised for his effort.
An eye-check of Summer League video games in Las Vegas additionally confirmed Thomas and Duke had bulked up and Sharpe slimmed down, all constructive.
The Nets did not count on a lot from final yr’s rookies, however a wide range of unhealthy information pushed them up the bench and into the rotation the place for essentially the most half they met the problem. Thomas had 10 video games of 20 or extra factors, Sharpe had 4 video games of 10 or extra rebounds, Edwards, a second rounder, began 23 video games and Duke, who wasn’t even drafted, seven, each as a result of they will play aggressive protection.
After an off-season the place their growth was a footnote to the bigger KD and Kyrie sagas, they’re as soon as once more reserves, if a bit extra skilled. Their roles will seemingly be completely different from final yr when, regardless of being untested, they performed 2,887 NBA minutes. This season, Steve Nash is aware of what he is getting.
Kevin Durant enters the Texas Hall of Honor
The eyes of Texas had been upon him all week at UT in Austin. He was on the Texas-Alabama sport final Saturday, then labored out with the present males’s basketball workforce roster for a number of days earlier than being inaugurated on the Texas Hall of Honor Friday evening.
Whole lot of burnt orange for KD who appeared to benefit from the week to the fullest… from the distinction to the nostalgia.
He may additionally earn some satisfaction from this tweet…
Kevin Durant & Rich Kleiman have closed their first enterprise fund.
They invested $30 million, which is now value ~$200 million.
— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) September 13, 2022
When can we count on him at HSS Training Center? Don’t know however at across the identical time we posted this piece, Rich Kleiman tweeted this out. It’s a Jay-Z lyric from “Dirt off your shoulder”…
“Your boy again within the constructing; Brooklyn, we’re again on the map”
— Ace (@richkleiman) September 17, 2022
We assume that when he begins going up and down the courtroom, a Nets photographer shall be current.
Welcome again, Cheese!
In a shock transfer, the Nets signed Chris Chiozza to an Exhibit 10 deal. He performed a complete of 40 video games over two years on Exhibit 10 and two-manner offers in 2020 and 2021, turning into a fan favourite due to his grit. In these 40 video games, Chiozza averaged 5.1 factors and three.0 assists in 12.8 minutes per. His capturing splits — 39/34/82 — had been respectable for a 3rd-string level guard.
One of our favourite moments lately was Caris LeVert’s 51-level sport vs. the Celtics at TD Garden on March 3, 2020, simply earlier than the pandemic caught. Cheese was an enormous a part of that efficiency. In case you missed it or forgot it, this is LeVert’s 37 factors within the fourth quarter and OT, numerous which had been facilitated by the 5’11” guard, together with that great thing about a pocket cross…
Whether he makes the roster or not, it seems Chiozza will now be accessible to the Nets, both in Brooklyn or Long Island on an emergency foundation. That’s been his historical past. Chiozza has already performed 137 video games within the G League. Last season in Santa Cruz, the Warriors affiliate, Chiozza averaged 16.3 factors, 11.7 assists and a couple of.3 steals in two video games.
As he works out at HSS, Chiozza will be capable to renew outdated acquaintances. Still on the roster he left in 2021: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris and Nic Claxton. His spirit and wit had been appreciated again then. Still is…
(*20*)Chiozza turns into the fifth Nets participant with a hoop, having received final yr with the Warriors. He joins Patty Mills (2014 with the Spurs); Kyrie Irving (2016 with the Cavaliers); Kevin Durant (2017 and 2018 with the Warriors) and Markieff Morris (2020 with the Lakers.)
David Duke Jr. additionally agreed to a two-manner deal. Duke had been hoping for the standard deal after his sturdy efficiency in Las Vegas. The Nets wished to take care of flexibility. The distinction would have meant an additional $1 million this yr.
So this is how issues stand as we method Media Day.
—12 totally assured commonplace NBA contracts;
—three full or partially assured offers:
—two two-manner contracts;
—two exhibit 10’s.
Although the opposite Exhibit 10 — Donovan Williams — has not been formally introduced, league insiders say it is a executed deal and Williams, aka “Stretch,” has posted movies of himself on the HSS Training Center.
That leaves one open place on the 20-man coaching camp roster. We might not discover out about who will get the ultimate deal till Media Day. That’s occurred earlier than.
Other Welcomes This Week
Meghan Triplett has joined the Nets broadcast workforce at YES Network, changing Michael Grady as sideline reporter. She’ll additionally presumably substitute Grady within the pre-sport and submit-sport telecasts. Triplett, a Memphis native, has labored with the Grizzlies and the workforce’s in-home media firm, Grind City Media, since 2019.
Ronnie Burrell returns to Long Island as head coach. He turns into the sixth head coach in workforce historical past, rejoining the Nets group after spending the 2019-20 season as an assistant coach with Long Island and the season earlier than as a participant growth and video assistant with Brooklyn.
Burrell spent the 2021-22 season as an assistant coach with the College Park Skyhawks within the NBA G League and the earlier season as a participant growth coordinator with the Chicago Bulls. No phrase on his assistants.
Burrell in addition to Long Island GM JR Holden and assistant GM Matt MacDonald shall be on the Nets G League open tryouts right now in Old Westbury. It’s greater than a promotion. Last season, the Nets signed Craig Randall II after a neighborhood tryout and he turned the G League’s second highest scorer and Most Improved Player. He’s enjoying this yr in Australia’s NBL.
Free Agent foot observe
A variety of the Nets gamers from final yr’s workforce stay unsigned and with rosters filling up, it is beginning to appear like they will have a tough time getting a brand new contract. James Johnson, who was waived on the finish of final season, did signal a coaching camp cope with the Pacers this week, however Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge stay unsigned and Howard Beck stated this week on a Sports Illustrated podcast that Aldridge is more likely to retire . There had been rumors that Griffin may wind up with the Clippers or Lakers, even the Heat, however nothing but. Two different Nets from final yr’s Opening Night roster are additionally on the checklist of unsigned free brokers: DeAndre’ Bembry and Paul Millsap.
Kyrie Irving’s newest controversial recognition of a conspiracy concept got here earlier this week, this one a 20-yr-outdated screed from Alex Jones of InfoWars infamy that implies one thing known as the “New World Order” is a “tyrannical group” infecting Americans with “illnesses and viruses” as half of a bigger scheme of management.
Initial response was sturdy with Kristian Winfield and Kyle Wagner of the Daily News penning this;
Merely associating with something he has to say is sufficient to make Irving look ridiculous. But in digging deep into the crates for a sound chew, Irving publicly endorsed among the most dangerous concepts in trendy society.
Meanwhile, The Onion, the satirical information outlet, tweeted this out on Thursday…
The hyperlink within the tweet was to a narrative The Onion revealed about Irving’s embrace of conspiracy theories a yr in the past. The headline: “Nets Front Office Wishes Kyrie Irving Would Stop Acting Like Kyrie Irving.”