The Brooklyn Nets are heading into the rest of their offseason knowing who will be on a team for next season as they look to make it to the playoffs and try to make it out of the first round. On their way to that goal, it looks like one of their youngest players is still highly-regarded despite a tough summer league.
In a recent article by Bleacher Report, Zach Buckley ranked Nets forward Noah Clowney as the second-most promising prospect on the roster. Nets Wire covered recently about Cam Thomas being ranked as the most promising prospect on the entire team. With that being said, it’s easy to see why Clowney is still held in high regard.
For starters, how a player performs in summer competition in terms of statistics is not necessarily indicative of what the player will be in the NBA with some development. Players like DeMarcus Cousins, Steph Curry, and Paul George had their fair amount of struggles, but managed to be great players in their own right. Granted, Clowney is not projected to be a superstar, but it’s a reminder that summer league is not the most important part of a player’s evaluation.
What summer league did show is that Clowney has a long way to go, but given that he just turned 19 years old on July 14, he has time to figure out how to get his shots and will be able to build up his body at the same time. For what Clowney could become, a big who can guard multiple positions and be effective on the perimeter in terms of shooting the basketball, the wait should be worth it.
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