The Nets summer league teams have a woeful record historically and this year's squad is no different. But this year, the offensive ineptitude is reaching new levels. They lost their third straight Tuesday, 64-55, to Charlotte.
There wasn't much to recommend, other than Markel Brown finally started breaking out of his funk. After shooting 4-of-17 and failing to connect on a three in his first two games, Brown finished with 12 points on 3-of-4 from deep ... but 0-of-6 from inside the arc. He the Nets some agita a the end of the first half, falling hard and writhing in pain while pounding the floor. He returned in the third quarter, however, and said post-game it was knee-to-knee contact.
Not so lucky were two other members of the squad. Cory Jefferson,. who played in the first two games, was out with an ankle injury and Juan Pablo Vaulet, the Argentine teenager who the Nets traded for on Draft Night, arrived from the FIBA U19 World Cup in a walking boot. He's expected to be out for a month, meaning no summer league play for him in either Orlando or Las Vegas.
Two other Nets under contracts almost went scoreless. Both Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Ryan Boatright scored two two points, shooting a combined 1-of-10. Jonathon Simmons, who was one of the D-League's top players last season, once again played a tough game, finishing with 11 points, on 4-of-10 shooting, including 1-of-3 from deep. The 6'6" swingman may be playing his way into a training camp invite.
One big positive. Jay Humphries, the Nets assistant running the show this summer, put RHJ on Frank Kaminsky, the 7-footer who was taken No. 9 in the NBA Draft. He held him scoreless in the fourth.
"We needed somebody to provide a spark, and he took Kaminsky out of the game," Joe Wolf, the other Nets assistant in Orlando, told the Arizona Star. "He had good energy, and I thought good things happened. That’s why he was drafted, but he’s got a lot of work to do. It’s his first test of having to play somebody very capable from his draft class, and he was up to the challenge today."
Cliff Alexander, who started in place of Jefferson, showed how raw he is. He shot 2-of-6 from the field for the second straight game and picked up three fouls in the first quarter.
Kaminsky had 11 and 6 for Charlotte.
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