Quote by Nba preview – Rookie & Sophomore in the Atlantic Division
Sophomore: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Chris McCullough,
Rookie: Caris LeVert, Yogi Ferrell, Isaiah Whitehead
Hollis-Jefferson will return from the injury that sidelined him most of the season, and that can only be a positive for the Nets. Despite playing in only 29 games, he averaged 21 minutes and 9.8 points, 9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.3 steals, 0.9 blocks (all per-36 minutes) while taking care of the ball (1.5 turnovers per 36-min). Those are the kind of numbers one would expect from a starter, considering it was his rookie season. He will never be the face of the franchise, but he is the kind of player you want to have around your stars. Not that the Nets have much of a choice, since they mortgaged their future and will not get much from the draft for the next couple of years, but if RHJ had to develop an offensive game, things would be much brighter.
Most GMs wondered if LeVert would have ever seen the court. The talent is there, but he went through his third foot surgery, and most teams were not comfortable with the risks. The Nets had any and all kind of information on LeVert’s health, since the surgeon that operated him also works for the team. If he will be able to stay on the court, he might be the steal of the draft.
Isaiah Whitehead signed a contract worth 4.6M in 4 years, plus the 3M the team sent to the Utah Jazz to acquire the pick. That is a lot of money on a second rounder, and a lot of trust in his skills. The competition at both guard spots is tough and he is unlikely to get major minutes, but none of them are two-way player, leaving the door opened for the rookie.
Yogi Ferrell went undrafted and if Whitehead will have to fight for a a few minutes on the court, Ferrell’s task is almost impossible. He is likely to be in the D-League early and often, but he knows the door is open if he deserves to play.