Nets Summer League: Team, Individuals and Culture

If the Nets make a trade or sign another free agent, nobody will remember Summer League. In a couple of months when training camp starts, it’ll be tough to remember several names who played on the Las Vegas roster.

That being said, the Nets didn’t skip a beat as they try to create their new identity. Culture mattered just as much in Nevada as it does in New York.

Everybody showed up from Sean Marks on down. Most of Kenny Atkinson’s staff was there along with Ronald Nored, the Long Island head coach as well as two European coaches. Atkinson coached the five games himself, not what you expect in Summer League.

As for the players, six of them were on hand for at least one game. Jeremy Lin, D’Angelo Russell, DeMarre Carroll, Sean Kilpatrick, Joe Harris and Trevor Booker were seen courtside or behind the hoop.

The Summer League roster included five players who were on the Brooklyn Nets roster last year, and two that were on the Long Island Nets roster. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Caris LeVert, Archie Goodwin, Spencer Dinwiddie and Isaiah Whitehead all played with the big team last season. Prince Ibeh and J.J. Moore played for Long Island.

The “experienced” Nets Summer team finished with a 3-2 record and made it to the quarter finals of the playoffs before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday. Atkinson and co. were taking this seriously.

Players fought for spots on a rebuilding Nets franchise. For those without NBA experience, it was a chance to impress the entire coaching staff and front office. For the others, it was their chance to show signs of growth.

Defense kept them afloat in many games. Teams averaged 83 points in five games against them. They gave up more than 100 points in only one of those games, the 115 L.A. scored Saturday.

Offensively, they showed some of the same issues that hurt the big club last year. They shot 28.3 percent from deep on 26 attempts per game. This doesn’t bode well for Atkinson’s motion offense. Overall, they averaged just 88.8 points on 42.6 percent shooting from the field.

So, who did well? Who did not?


Needless to say, Caris LeVert continues to prove he’s a legitimate piece in this rebuilding process. LeVert’s versatility was on display nightly, as his length and speed continue to give defenses problems with a quick first step that gives him space to drive past his man or take a step-back jumper. LeVert averaged 16 points and five rebounds on 47.5 percent shooting. His best…

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