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Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s improved game: a video analysis

Nicholas LeTourneau continues his look at the Nets through film studies. Tuesday, it’s the improved, all-around game of Rondae Hollis Jefferson.

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For three years, Nets fans (and that subset of Nets fans devoted to Rondae Hollis-Jefferson) have waited for his breakout, improvements that would take him from a solid wing defender to something more than that, a well-rounded player who his coach can count on.

The process started at the end of last season when Kenny Atkinson put him in the starting lineup at the 4. At first, it was a bit of a head-scratcher. At 6’7” and 214 pounds, how was RHJ going to go up against guys several inches taller? His natural athleticism and 7’3” wingspan helped. Surprisingly it worked. The Nets defense improved dramatically and he gained confidence.

Then, over the summer, Hollis-Jefferson developed a nice jump shot. Out went the hitch, in came the credibility. He looked a lot different and a lot better in preseason. Here’s a look at what he showed ... and what it portends