Friday, February 23, 2024

Gradey Dick and NBA Rookies Who Could Thrive After Time in the G League

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Regular NBA minutes aren’t available yet to Noah Clowney, but they could be down the road when considering the potential trade interest in Dorian Finney-Smith and Ben Simmons’ durability issues.

Three-point shooting was a key selling point to Clowney entering the draft, and cracking Brooklyn’s rotation will presumably require the rookie to offer threatening shotmaking and spacing.

He’s gone back and forth from Brooklyn to Long Island, and the occasional NBA appearances are beneficial for the 19-year-old to acclimation to the pro game. But he belongs in the G League with a raw offensive game and valued skill set (for a big) that just needs to get sharper.

The Nets should eventually be interested in adding a stretch big who finishes, rebounds and blocks shots. Cue Clowney, who possesses a coveted archetype and so much room/time to improve, given his age, tools and range. He should have a better chance at staying on an NBA floor once he’s more comfortable from deep and stronger physically.

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