Nets add Brook Lopez insurance
The Brooklyn Nets have signed another center to their training camp roster as general manager Billy King announced on Wednesday that they signed Hamady Ndiaye. Ndiaye, who has a non-guaranteed contract, becomes the 17th player the Nets will have in training camp and the second center they have signed in a week.
Ndiaye, a 27-year-old native of Senegal, was initially drafted with the 56th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was traded to the Washington Wizards on draft night and played 16 games for them during the 2010-11 season. During his rookie year, he averaged 6.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per 36 minutes, but only played five minutes a night on average.
Ndiaye played three more games with the Wizards in 2011-12, but was eventually waived by them on Feb. 7, 2012. The Kings signed him prior to the 2012-13 season and he eventually played 14 games for them during the 2013-14 season when he averaged 2.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per 36 minutes. Again, he barely got any playing time, though, and averaged just 5.3 minutes a night.
The Rutgers graduate kicked around in the D-League for a while between stints in the NBA. He also played overseas in China during the 2012 and 2012-13 seasons.
Rebounding was a major problem for the Nets last season and they failed to address it this offseason even as Andray Blatche left and Jason Collins retired. It seems like a potentially big misstep especially considering Brook Lopez is returning from his fourth major surgery, Kevin Garnett can barely be counted on for even 20 minutes a night and Mason Plumlee isn’t a huge rebounder either.
Now, at the last minute, King seems to be scouring what’s left of the free agent market (while totally ignoring Blatche) and has found Ndiaye and Jerome Jordan. Both players fit the role of 7-foot centers, but neither has much experience to speak of or inspire a lot of confidence that they will play big roles with the Nets.