If the Nets are judged by what they did last season —and not what they are capable of, the predictions of doom-and-gloom are justified. If on the other hand, certain players make breakthroughs, the Nets could surprise.
In no case is that disparity more evident than that of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
The 6’7" swingman missed 50 games to injury —a broken ankle— after a strong start. Even when he returned, he showed off some solid play, particularly on defense and as a rebounder.
In two features this week on up-and-coming young players, RHJ was cited among a small group who are poised for breakout seasons. Here’s what they said...
Of course, if the Nets are going to surprise this season, other players beyond Hollis-Jefferson will have to turn up their games, second year men like Chris McCullough and Sean Kilpatrick, as well as Anthony Bennett and maybe even a Joe Harris or one of the rookies. Tall order. And as Pandian and Favale write, the best bet is RHJ.