The Brooklyn Nets will remain winless in the Orlando Summer League after falling to the Miami Heat 93-86 in their second game. Despite losing, some of the Nets summer league stars played well. Mason Plumlee and Tyshawn Taylor each had very good games. Both are expected to make the Nets’ roster this fall.
This was also Jason Kidd’s second game coaching. He appeared less nervous in game 2, relying less on Lawrence Frank while leading huddles. Kidd definitely needs coaching practice and he’ll have another 2 or 3 games to get much needed experience in Orlando.
Player grades and notes:
Toko Shengelia: C
Toko still has yet to step up in his first two summer league games. Shengelia should be dominating more than he has been. He still looks uncomfortable on the court even though he is one of the few players in the league who was in the NBA last season. Toko did have a couple of nice passes though.
Mason Plumlee: A
Plumlee has really impressed so far. He nearly had a 20-10 game today and shows a really nice touch near the rim. Whenever he can get all the way to the hoop, he slams it with authority and he has been doing a very good job rebounding. I’m not sure where he fits in with the real Brooklyn Nets team, but Plumlee is definitely better than we thought heading into the draft.
Tyshawn Taylor: B+
Tyshawn had a much better second game than he had yesterday in game 1. He scored over 20 points today and was able to finish much better near the rim. He missed lots of layups in game 1. Taylor still needs to work a lot on his jumper, but this was a major improvement.
The Nets will have tomorrow off from the summer league, but be back in action on Wednesday at 11 am when they face the Utah Jazz in Orlando.