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Mitch Creek, Drew Gordon among vets on Long Island’s final roster

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The Long Island Nets have finalized their roster for the start of the 2018-19 season. The 12-man roster includes five returning players, the Nets two two-way players and five NBA training camp invites. In addition, it’s expected that the Nets first round pick, Dzanan Musa, will join Long Island for at the least the beginning of the G League season. He’s been practicing with the G League club this week.

Long Island will tip off the season at 7 p.m. Saturday, November 3 at the Nassau Coliseum against the Westchester Knicks. YES Network will televise six Long Island Nets games starting on Thursday, November 8 vs. the Capital City Go-Go, the Wizards affiliate,

Topping the roster are two-way players Theo Pinson, an undrafted rookie out of North Carolina, and Alan Williams, who spent the last three years with the Suns. Pinson, 6’7”, can play multiple positions while the 6’9” Williams is more of a power forward.

Two players who spent time overseas last season are also on the roster: Mitch Creek, the 6’5” Australian swingman and Drew Gordon, a 6’9” power forward who played for Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia. Creek is 26; Gordon 28.

Leading the returning players are Shannon Scott, the 6’3” Ohio State point guard, and Tahjere McCall, the 6’4” Tennessee State shooting guard.

The roster will also feature two local products, one a returning player, the other a rookie. Coney Island’s Kamari Murphy, who’ll likely start at center, and Newark’s Ish Sanogo, who was Seton Hall’s defensive big man last season, will rep the region.

The team set the opening night roster today by waiving center Jabari Craig and guard Durand Scott.

The G League permits teams to carry 12 players, 10 active. Teams can also carry as many as three players on assignment from the parent club.

Will Weaver, who’s served as an assistant to Kenny Atkinson the last two years, is Long Island’s new head coach.