Player News - Nets

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D'Angelo Russell made his first start of 2018 during a 111-96 loss to the Hornets on Thursday, scoring 19 points with four rebounds, five assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

Besides Russell trying to make plays that weren't there, it was about all you could ask in his first game after the break. He was very aggressive -- almost to a fault -- and he was able to drive past defenders throughout the game. Russell's minutes limit looks to be basically gone right now, but he still really needs to lock in to keep his mistakes down. He'll have a decent ceiling most nights.
Feb 22 - 9:42 PM

DeMarre Carroll scored six points with five rebounds, two assists, one block and one turnover in 32 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday.

He was having himself a nice February before the break, averaging 14.6 points, 6.7 boards, 2.1 dimes and 2.7 treys. Carroll did start at power forward today and it's possible he gets bumped to the second unit with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson nearing a return. He probably only has late-round upside going forward.
Feb 22 - 9:28 PM
Joe Harris - G/F - Nets

Joe Harris scored 12 points in 29 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday, adding two rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

The playing time didn't drop too much today, but it certainly could next week because the Nets wouldn't go with as many small-ball lineups like they did today. Now that D'Angelo Russell's minutes are back up, Harris is likely going to trend down.
Feb 22 - 9:24 PM
Quincy Acy - F/C - Nets

Quincy Acy scored three points with five boards, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday.

He continues to play more center, but this time coach Kenny Atkinson gave Jarrett Allen some leash. Acy's playing time will likely drop more next week with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson possibly returning, so he's more of a drop than an add in deeper leagues.
Feb 22 - 9:22 PM

Dante Cunningham went off in the second unit with a season-high 22 points, adding 12 rebounds, four assists, one block and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday.

That scoring output doubled his previous best this season and it was his first double-double of the year, too. Cunningham is best known in fantasy for taking minutes away from younger prospects and it's certainly possible he'll do that in Brooklyn. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has a good chance to play on Monday, so that would likely affect Cunningham's playing time more than anyone else. If you wanted to add him in a deep league, hopefully you're not dropping anything another owner may want.
Feb 22 - 9:17 PM

Jarrett Allen scored nine points with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 26 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday.

He picked up two quick fouls in the first quarter, but coach Kenny Atkinson kept him in and he didn't pick up his third until the fourth -- it was a loose-ball foul, too. He did have some trouble against Dwight Howard in the early going, but overall it wasn't a bad showing for Allen. The Nets should continue to play him minutes in the upper 20s and he should be owned in all leagues.
Feb 22 - 9:13 PM
Quincy Acy - F/C - Nets

Quincy Acy will move to the bench on Thursday against the Hornets.

There's a decent chance he'll stay on the bench for a while with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (groin) getting closer. Although, Acy could be out there at center tonight for a handful of minutes, especially if Jarrett Allen struggles vs. Dwight Howard.
Feb 22 - 6:18 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie, D'Angelo Russell, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll and Jarrett Allen will start against the Hornets on Thursday.

Coach Kenny Atkinson hinted he was going to make a move with Russell starting and he didn't waste any time. The Nets haven't had much success with this lineup duo recently, but they've also lost seven straight. If Russell can shoot the ball better and keep his turnovers down, maybe he'll have a nice finish.
Feb 22 - 6:15 PM

Coach Kenny Atkinson said he expects to see more lineups with Spencer Dinwiddie and D'Angelo Russell.

"I do like having two guards that can really handle the ball," Atkinson said. "Now, you’ve got to look at the other pieces and how they fit. Someone’s got to be out. One of our good wing players has got to be out if they’re going to play." This quote does sound like it's possible Russell gets a starting nod, which could bump Allen Crabbe or DeMarre Carroll. Dinwiddie should be busy regardless.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 21 - 7:00 PM

Kenny Atkinson believes that D'Angelo Russell is "starting to round into form," but he doesn't think he's at "peak level" just yet.

Russell has eclipsed the 30-minute mark just once since coming back from what was a relatively minor knee procedure, but he should be better over this second half of the season. Atkinson has hinted that he'll eventually move Russell back into the starting five, which would likely shift Allen Crabbe back to the second unit.
Feb 21 - 1:00 PM

Caris LeVert (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Hornets.

LeVert was only a partial participant at Wednesday's practice, and it's somewhat concerning that he's still not ready to give it a go given he hasn't taken the court since February 6. Brooklyn has no incentive to rush him through the recovery process, so there's really no telling when he'll be back on the court. LeVert belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Feb 21 - 12:42 PM

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (groin) and Caris LeVert (knee) will remain on the sidelines for Thursday's game against the Hornets.

The good news is that RHJ practiced in full on Wednesday, so this is probably just an example of how extremely cautious the Nets are with bringing guys back from injury. LeVert only partially participated, so he seems a bit further off, but head coach Kenny Atkinson did say he's "hopeful" to see both of these guys back on the court "soon." Their next opportunity to play will come Monday vs. Chicago.
Feb 21 - 12:36 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie won the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

He beat Jamal Murray in the semifinal and Lauri Markkanen in the final to earn the trophy. Dinwiddie has been a serious candidate for Most Improved Player and arguably the best pickup in fantasy hoops. He's a great story and a Los Angeles kid, but Dinwiddie said the best part of his win was helping someone get a scholarship.
Feb 17 - 8:38 PM

While talking about Jahlil Okafor's future with the Nets, coach Kenny Atkinson hinted that he's open to the idea of using Jarrett Allen at power forward.

"Jarrett can play the four because he can defend the position. [Jahlil Okafor] right now is more of a traditional five, a closer-to-the-basket guy," Atkinson said. "We have to look at all options. Jarrett’s played some four. It’s not perfect because of the shooting … he’s not spreading the floor like a traditional four. But we could look at it at times." We won't read too much into this for now, but it just goes to show how versatile the 19-year-old Allen is. He's played 20 or fewer minutes in three straight games, but we expect that to start trending back up.
Feb 15 - 9:43 AM

Allen Crabbe scored 24 points with eight rebounds, one assist and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes during a 108-103 loss to the Pacers on Wednesday.

There are not many non-star players hotter than Crabbe over his last four, averaging 25.3 points, 5.5 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 5.3 treys on 50.7 percent from the field. He's certainly benefitted from the Nets having some injuries, but his strong play can help him earn more run once the team gets healthy again. He's too hot to be on the wire right now.
Feb 14 - 10:17 PM


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