Isaiah Cordinier, the 6’5” Nets stash, has been named first team All-EuroCup. Cordinier, who played this year for Nanterre of France. At 24, he is the youngest player on the first team.
EuroCup is the Euroleague’s second tier.
Cordinier’s rights were acquired by Brooklyn in the 2018 trade that sent Jeremy Lin to the Hawks. A hyperathletic combo guard, Cordinier played for the Nets summer league team in 2019. He’s played professionally since age 16, including as a teammate of Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot at Antibes in the French league.
In reporting on the selection, Eurohoops, the Euroleague’s official fan blog, wrote this of Cordinier...
At 24 years of age, Cordinier is the youngest player on the All-7DAYS EuroCup First Team this season. It is his first All-EuroCup honor following his second year in the competition. Cordinier ranked second in average PIR with 19.4 per game. The Nanterre forward was irreplaceable for his team as it competed for a place in the quarterfinals until the final game of the Top 16. Cordinier finished the season as the competition leader in minutes played, averaging 33:57 per game. He was also tied for sixth this season in steals (1.7 spg.) and ranked eighth in the EuroCup in scoring (15.8 ppg.) while making 44.9% of his shots from long range and shooting 56.8% on two-pointers. He also averaged 5.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists, both being second-best on his team. Such all-around contributions are exactly what separated Cordinier from everyone else in the EuroCup this season; he was the only player to post at least 5 rebounds and 3 assists per game and is a worthy All-EuroCup selection.
In addition to Cordinier, the first team includes two former NBA players, point guard Milos Teodosic, who played two years with the Clippers, and Willie Reed, the former Nets big who spent three years in the NBA.
Here’s video highlights from his breakout season...
Of the Nets four stashes (down from six a year ago), Cordinier has long been seen as the best prospect long-term but Brooklyn is loaded at his position. Perhaps the most impressive part of his development has been his deep shooting. Seen in the past as an area in need of improvement, it became a strength this season. He hit nearly 45 percent from 3-point range. The Nets have had Cordinier work with Austrian shooting coach Stefan Weissenbock.
Cordinier is also a member of the French national team.