The Brooklyn Nets ended the 2016-17 NBA season as the worst team in the league with a 20-62 win-loss record. However, they won’t benefit from being the worst team as the Boston Celtics own their 2017 first-round pick. According to the latest report, Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson starts scouting in the Spanish league for players who can help them speed up the rebuilding process.
Brook Lopez and Jeremy Lin will be teaming up in the upcoming offseason to recruit free agents. As of now, the Nets are mostly consists of young players and obviously in need of more reinforcements in order to become a playoff contender next season. Recently, it was revealed that Nets general manager Sean Marks and coach Kenny Atkinson headed to Europe to scout talented players.
Brooklyn Nets: Atkinson looking for reinforcements in ACB
According to Oscar de la Fuente of El Correo Gallegos (via SB Nation’s Nets Daily), Atkinson watched the Spanish league ACB. The Nets’ head coach didn’t give any specific name of the players he’s scouting. However, he could be looking at Facundo Campazzo of UCAM Murcia and Shayne Whittington of Obradoiro.
“I cannot say who but in this game there were players with NBA talent. The ACB is the second best league in the world. We have Justin Hamilton who was in Valencia. So we are always attentive to Europe and the ACB to find good players, ” Atkinson explained. “It was a great game. I love Spanish and European basketball. There has been a lot of tactics, a lot of fouls, but as a coach, I always try to learn new things.”
Whittington, who stands 6-foot-10, has two-year NBA experience playing for the Indiana Pacers. In 27 games he played, he only averaged 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. Before heading to Spain in 2016, he spent one year with the Pacers’ D-League affiliate, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, averaging 11.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in the 2015-16 season.
Brooklyn Nets backcourt: Argentine PG Facundo Campazzo
Campazzo will undeniably be a great fit with the Nets. He doesn’t have an NBA experience like Whittington but he’s an essential player for the Argentina national team where he plays alongside Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola.
“He’s an NBA player, I believe,” Scola said. “He’s good for today’s NBA, the pace is very fast. He needs to work on some areas of his game, but he’s getting better year after year and I think it’s a matter of when he takes the chance to come here. It’s going to be difficult for him to come in a very good situation like a three-year guarantee — a good contract.”
In the Rio Olympics, Campazzo showed his capability to compete against the top guards in the NBA. However, the Nets aren’t the only team looking to acquire the Argentine guard. Several NBA teams, including the Houston Rockets, are reportedly gathering information about Campazzo.
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