The Brooklyn Nets are in the thick of a race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but it’s still not exactly exciting. Even if Lionel Hollins’ team manages to snag the eight seed, it’s a foregone conclusion that they’ll get steamrolled in the first round by the Atlanta Hawks. That’s not exactly fun for anybody in Brooklyn.
You know what is? Markel Brown’s late season emergence as a key rotational piece. The second-round pick isn’t just one of basketball’s most explosive leapers, though – he’s already perhaps the Nets’ top perimeter defender.
Will Brown’s effectiveness make a difference come late April should Brooklyn make it there? Likely not. But it’s safe to say he’s become one of the Nets’ best young assets, a promising development for a franchise in flux that lacks any semblance of short- and long- term direction.
[Video via TheBrooklynGame]