DAR Sports: Do The Brooklyn Nets Have A Secret Weapon?

By Stephen Ferke

Nicolas Claxton is a guy who many in the Nets organization and team are very high on. Claxton was the 1st pick in the second round of the 2019 draft, a 6’11 center with a 7’3 wingspan  from University of Georgia. His father Charles Claxton played 3 games for the Boston Celtics in the 1995-1996 season and has hinted at his son's return in the weeks to come on his social media. Steve Nash had claimed earlier in the season that his return date would be sometime in February as he recovered from a successful surgery in June of 2020 due to experiencing “Knee Tendinopathy”. 


Now, numbers wise, Claxton is not the eye popping talent that screams out "weapon" from the stat sheet. Claxton averaged 4.4 points 3 rebounds and an assist in his 15 games played before his injury in the 2019-2020 nba season, averaging only 12 minutes per game in the nba. He did much better for the long Island Nets where he averaged 17 Points, 7 rebounds 2 assists, with a block and a steal per game where he played 9 games in the 2019-2020 season. Claxton showed he had huge promise to advance his game to the next level and put the Nets officially at notice that his time might be coming. 

They asked Spencer Dinwiddie in 2019 who the Second most talented player on the Nets was and he responded with Claxton's name, a ringing endorsement, even if it was possibly a joke. To have your name mentioned on a team with All Stars Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and key role players such as Carris Levert and Jarrett Allen, it's safe to say he made quite the impression for a second round rookie. Dinwiddie restated this prior to the start of the 2020-2021 season, another ringing endorsement. Claxton provides a lot of energy being a guy with a great motor, great height, and a great rebounder most notably on the offensive side of the ball. He has a solid 3PT game while being great in the pick and roll, and being a competent lob threat. While he does have to improve his mid range and free throw shooting, Claxton can provide a great lift for the Nets bench, which desperately needs depth at the center position. With Amare Stoudemire on the coaching staff, and DeAndre Jordan as a teammate, Claxton has some great role models and vets there to mentor him. Hopefully we will get an exact date on his return soon but when he does return watch out for that Harden to Claxton lob game and pick and roll that should be great to watch!  



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