And also, there was this quote from his introductory media scrum late last month.
“The cool thing for me is I’ve always wanted to live in New York, so to me I think it’s like coming full circle with Kenny Atkinson,” Dudley, 33, told reporters at HSS Training Center. “It’s one of the reasons why two years ago I thought about this place. It was for him, primarily, of his coaching style. Sometimes in life stuff comes back around.”
On the court, Dudley’s been the ultimate definition of a “three-and-D” guy. In fact, his arrival to Brooklyn gives the Nets the 13th (Joe Harris), 14th (Allen Crabbe) and 15th (Dudley) best active three-point shooters in the NBA.
Indeed, the 6’7” swingman, who will likely serve the bulk of his Brooklyn minutes as a stretch-four, taking the place of Quincy Acy, who isn’t actually a stretch-four.
Any doubts? Well, here’s the long list of active players who have a better three-point percentage than Dudley’s career 39.6% since the Boston College alum entered the NBA in 2007:
Kyle Korver: 43.9%
JJ Redick: 41.6%
… and that’s it.
Last season, Dudley, who averaged a career-low 14.3 minutes in 48 appearances shot 36.3% from deep, a down year for the 11-year veteran. Still his percentage was higher than most of the trigger-happy Nets, including Acy, Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie and D’Angelo Russell.
Through his career, he’s eclipsed 40% on three occasions; as recently as 2015-16 (42%) and as high as in 2009-10 (45.8%) … of which he was justly proud.
Over the course of his career, he’s been generally efficient from the floor, shooting 46.7% overall, although again, he posted a career-low in limited time with the Phoenix Suns last season, hitting on 39.3%.
But when given the opportunity, though, not much of a scorer (career 12.2 points per 36 minutes, lowest ever 8.0 per 36 last season), he’s had some spectacular showings, like this one in 2014...
Or this one, from two years earlier...
Dudley’s defensive reputation as a quarterback – or safety – on the floor is relatively extensive. He values defense probably as much as even Atkinson does.
Trying to get the Young’s boys to talk! Communication is key esp on defense! https://t.co/EhkVrOs2ag— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) March 14, 2018
Shout to @EBled2 Boi has been on fire this last month! Willing our team to victories! But lastly! Defense wins games and we have Tucker!— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) January 23, 2017
Of course, Dudley is now 33, the oldest player on the team and his athleticism is not what it once was – even if his Twitter game is at his career high – so he’s trying to compensate.
He told reporters he’s lost 10 pounds since the end of the season and would like to lose another 10 to reach his goal of 235, something the Suns wanted him to do last season.
And we should also expect Dudley, like Kenneth Faried and Ed Davis, to bring out a level of toughness to their young Brooklyn teammates, which we’ve pointed out on multiple occasions, the Nets have lacked over the last couple of seasons, protecting the young Suns from those who wanted to “welcome” them to the NBA.
I mean, Brooklyn needed more dudes who are ‘bout that life, especially with the exit of Acy. In limited time, Dudley could become a fan favorite, if he produces, and has moments like these ... against the Knicks.
Happy Birthday indeed.