Henry Sims, who the Nets signed to a 10-day contract earlier in the week, made his Nets debut on Saturday night against the Pistons. He saw decent action, in part, because Brook Lopez was out due to an illness, while Willie Reed and Thaddeus Young got into foul trouble early on. All of those factors led to Sims getting an opportunity to play some quality minutes and show GM Sean Marks a little bit of what he can give the team.
Sims scored 10 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and blocked a shot in 20 minutes of action. That's the plus. On the somewhat negative side, he picked up 5 fouls in 20 minutes of action.
Sims is the second player to have the chance to audition for a roster spot this year. Sean Kilpatrick had a similar path, coming from the D-league and getting a 10-day contract. Kilpatrick, eventually earning himself a second 10-day contract, and impressed the front office enough to earn himself a multi-year deal.
Good night for Sean Marks' two D-League call-ups:— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) March 20, 2016
Sean Kilpatrick: 15 points in 20 mins.
Henry Sims: 10 points & 8 rebounds.
Playing time has been allocated throughout the entire roster by Tony Brown, who's playing whoever has the hot hand along with some of the young guys, in order to get a better look at who this team may have on its roster heading into next season.
Here's what Sims can bring to the Nets:
In speaking with the media on Thursday night, prior to him making his Nets debut, Sims said he feels like he can help out this team and that he's ready to make an impact.
It's going to be hard for Sims to get consistent playing time if the rest of Brooklyn's bigs are healthy. However, if he impresses during practice and does well when he does get on the court, the minutes could start to add up. And at this point, he has to play the short game in hopes of getting a second 10-day contract -- basically, playing it 10 days at a time.
His twitter bio reads "Be patient with me." Sims, 25, however, hasn't been able to find himself a stable spot on an NBA roster thus far, playing for his 4th NBA team in four seasons.
The first game is out of the way for Sims and so far so good. Again, a small sample size, but a nice start. He showed hustle and showed off his touch in the paint. At this point, again, for Marks and company it's a matter of taking a look at young players within 10-day segments. Likewise, for Sims, who is hoping to take advantage of this opportunity, 10 days, or more one game at a time.