In Jason Kidd’s first game as Brooklyn Nets head coach, the Nets lost in the Orlando summer league, 76-67 to the Detroit Pistons. Tyshawn Taylor scored 17 points for the Nets while Mason Plumlee had a double-double. Andre Drummond had 12 points, 16 rebounds, and 6 blocks for Detroit.
The one takeaway from Jason Kidd in this game is that he really wants to win, even in meaningless summer league games. In the fourth quarter, Kidd picked up a technical and tried a hack-a-Drummond strategy. No other coach would be doing that in the summer league.
Another note from Kidd is that often times he was watching his mentor Lawrence Frank draw up plays in the huddle. When the regular season starts, expect more from Kidd, but for now, Frank may be more in charge than Jason.
Player grades and notes:
Toko Shengelia: D
Toko struggled, scoring only 2 points with 4 rebounds and 4 fouls in 22 minutes. He only shot 1-7 from the field. He spent much of the time bringing the ball up the court but quickly passing it ahead. Toko should be doing more in the summer league. Remember, he had a triple-double last season in a game in the D-League.
Tyshawn Taylor: C-
Tyshawn wanted to have a very big summer league and it didn’t get off to a great start. He scored 17 points, but only shot 6-18 from the field. He also had only 1 assist to 6 turnovers. For Taylor to be a backup point guard in the NBA, he needs to play better than he did today. But he still has plenty of time to turn his summer league around.
Mason Plumlee: A-
Mason Plumlee had a very nice opening game to his professional career. Against a very talented Andre Drummond, Plumlee had a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. He showed his athleticism with a couple of very nice dunks on offense and he made the majority of his free throws.
Damion James: A-
Damion James had a very strong game. He was 7-11 from the field for 14 points and also had 8 rebounds. James probably will not make the Nets final roster, but he could definitely receive a training camp invite.
The Nets will be back in action tomorrow night at 5pm when they face the Miami Heat in their second summer league game. FRWD will have full coverage.