The Brooklyn Nets didn’t do so well in the NBA Summer League this year with just a 0-5 record. However, on a roster littered with players that won’t sniff playing time with the Nets during the regular season it’s more important to look at how individual players did.
Tyshawn Taylor led the team in scoring, averaging 16.8 points, 3.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game while he shot 38.6 percent. While Taylor’s ppg total was good enough for fifth place out of all players in Orlando, it is a little troubling to see him with such a low assists total and 5.3 turnovers per game.
Taylor, a 23-year-old New Jersey kid drafted out of the University of Kansas last year, is entering his second year in the league. He’s competing with Shaun Livingston for the Nets’ backup point guard position behind Deron Williams. He didn’t play a lot last season, playing in just 38 games and averaged only 5.8 minutes per contest. If he’s going to wrestle time away from Livingston he’s going to have to become more of a true point guard that spreads the ball out more than he scores and he’s going to have to seriously cut down on those turnovers.
The Nets’ newest draft pick Mason Plumlee was second on the team in scoring with 13.2 points to go with 7.0 rebounds per game while shooting 45.8 percent. That rebounds total is decent, but it was only good for 10th in the Summer League. His shot is going to need some work too as seven of the nine top rebounders ahead of him shot better than him too.
Plumlee will see some time in Brooklyn this year, but unless there is an injury we probably won’t be seeing him too much. He’s got Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche in front of him and Kevin Garnett could certainly see some time at the five-spot as well. He’ll get his chances though as new head coach Jason Kidd has already begun talking about limiting the minutes to keep some of the older guys fresh for the playoffs.
Tornike Shengelia is the other player on the Summer League Nets that we will see in Brooklyn this year. Shengelia averaged 7.6 points, with 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 2.4 steals per game while shooting 35.0 percent. It’s good to see him filing out each category even if the numbers are a bit on the low side. His 2.4 steals mark was tied for fourth in Orlando.
Shengelia, who will be just 22-years-old when the season starts, is another guy we will see in Brooklyn this year, but, like the others, not a whole lot. He’s a small forward who will play behind Paul Pierce and Andrei Kirilenko. It’ll be important for him to stay fresh though as Pierce’s minutes will be limited to keep him fresh for the playoffs and Kirilenko has trouble staying healthy.
None of the other players on the Nets Summer League roster are likely to spend much time, if at all, in Brooklyn. Kidd is another guy people were looking at though. I’ve heard criticism about the team going 0-5 and the fact that he wasn’t up and jumping around like most coaches are during games. However, I don’t have a problem with him watching and trying to take it all in during his first few games as the coach. Plus, even though they were winless, five games is hardly enough to judge his success especially considering that roster looked nothing like the ones the Nets will feature in October.