Friday, December 3 2021

Brooklyn has a lot to look forward to following their 3-2 outing in Las Vegas. Nets GM Sean Marks’ selection of Cameron Thomas is looking like one of the biggest steal of this year’s draft. Day’Ron Sharpe and Kessler Edwards also had strong performances. Their Summer League experience showed us all we needed to know about them.

A few of Brooklyn’s more experienced young players, namely Alize Johnson and Quinndary Weatherspoon, each had standout games in Vegas. With the 2021 Summer League in the books, let’s take a look at some of the grades for the top Nets players from the campaign.

Cameron Thomas: A+

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It’s official. Cameron Thomas is a certified bucket and his scoring abilities will translate at the NBA level. Thomas put up 27 PPG, the most points scored by any player in Las Vegas, which includes the entire rookie draft class along with other long time NBA players. He did it so effortlessly too, stepping up in the clutch for Brooklyn and overall just accepting his role of being the primary scoring option. Ironically, the Nets’ three wins came from gutting out those close games that the rookie came through in. Although the former LSU guard had three straight closeout performances against the Bucks, Wizards and Spurs it will be his one legged game-winner versus the Wizards that will always be remembered. That along with his knack of getting to the free-throw line consistently. Thomas won MVP honors of the Summer League and made it on the All-Summer League First Team. For sure, he deserves an A+.

Alize Johnson: A-

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Alize Johnson tapped into his inner Dennis Rodman playing in Las Vegas. Johnson was a double-double machine, averaging 11.5 PPG to go with 10.8 RPG. His best performance came against the Spurs, where he grabbed 14 rebounds and scored 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Still, there are no signs of the Nets forward expanding his range as of yet. However, he is still a nuisance in the paint and on the boards for opposing teams. He gets an A- for the Summer League.

Day’Ron Sharpe: B+

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Day’Ron Sharpe’s future is so bright. His tenacity for chasing rebounds fits this Nets roster seamlessly. Sharpe knows that rebounding was a big reason why Brooklyn drafted him and he showed that he will be able to fulfill that role. The big man averaged 8.2 RPG and 4.5 DRPG. He is a natural when getting offensive boards, which requires a different type of art to the game, grabbing about 3.8 ORPG out in Las Vegas. In his four appearances, the rookie scored 7.8 PPG and showed his presence defensively with 1.2 BPG. There is still a lot more improvement for him to do defensively in the interior, especially when it comes to not fouling. Still, his impact there was vital for Brooklyn and it’s only a matter of time before he reaches his peak in that area.

David Duke Jr: B-

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The undrafted David Duke Jr. was by far the best on-ball defender for the Nets out in Las Vegas. He triggered key stops in the team’s three wins and he almost averaged a double-double in the process with 7.2 PPG and 7.2 RPG. His three point percentage though was indeed tragic, sitting at 11% in four games.

Quinndary Weatherspoon: C+

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Quinndary Weatherspoon made the most of his minutes. He carved out a scoring role for himself with the Nets, putting up 11.5 PPG. Defensively, he was close to averaging two steals game, but falling short at 1.8 SPG. What came back to bite Weatherspoon was the fact that he could not take care of the ball. He led the team with 4.8 TOV, which should not be happening for a player that is not the primary scoring option. Moving forward, he has to be more careful.



Source: Yahoo Sports


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