Did the Brooklyn Nets Get Away With Robbery?
The Brooklyn Nets might have just gotten away with the biggest steal of the draft in Jaylen Hands, who they drafted with the 56th Pick. Although Bol Bol did get drafted at the 44th, his draft stock dipped due to his medical condition. Jaylen Hands slipped in the draft for other reasons.
Jaylen Hands had a lot of hype surrounding him when he came out of high school. He commited to UCLA to stay in California, his homestate. In his first year he was forced to play behind the 23rd Pick of the 2018 NBA Draft, Aaron Holiday. With the reduced minutes, Jaylen Hands’ draft stock plummeted faster than the American economy back in 2008. He did, however, average 10 points, 2.6 assists, and four rebounds as a freshman in college. With a horrible freshman season as a five star recruit coming out of high school, Jaylen Hands stayed another year with the hope of his numbers returning back to where they were two years ago. Instead of the fame and glory he hoped for, UCLA came up short and failed to secure a spot in the March Madness tournament. Although the bad news kept coming, Jaylen’s stats improved as he took the role of lead point guard after Aaron Holiday left. Jaylen averaged 14.2 points, 6.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds while shooting close to 45% from the field and 37% behind the arc. He also racked up a horrendous 3.2 turnovers per game. These may seem like empty stats, but Jaylen has shown potential of stardom multiple times in his sophomore year as the main guy on offense.
Jaylen had multiple games with UCLA that seemed merely impossible for a mortal to accomplish.
12/3/17 – 23 points, 4 assists, 9 rebounds
12/3/18 – 17 points, 10 assists, 2 rebounds
2/9/19 – 27 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds
2/23/19 – 27 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds
2/28/19 – 21 points, 10 assists , 0 turnovers
3/13/19 – 22 points, 3 assists, 11 rebounds
I can’t really predict the future, but the Brooklyn Nets landed a solid point guard that can score from almost anywhere. He will be a gem in the near future.
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