Brooklyn Nets Summer League Preview – Upside Abounds

Previously, I detailed the seven Long Island and Brooklyn Nets that will step foot on the court at the Las Vegas Summer League. Now let’s take a look at the remainder of the roster. This is a mix of players that played overseas, and undrafted free agents from this year’s draft. In all, the remaining eight Summer League Nets all possess intriguing skills, although were a bit under the radar.

Let’s break each player down, alphabetically…

Brooklyn Nets Summer League Roster

Nathan Boothe

Nathan Boothe Brooklyn Nets Summer League

Boothe went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft, and played last season in Italy. Boothe is a wide load down low (what Nick LeTourneau would call “240 pounds of rough and tumble”) with a surprising skillset. In his four years at Toledo, Boothe showed an advanced post game, with silky smooth post turnarounds a la Rasheed Wallace. (Seriously.) In his senior season, he was super productive, averaging 19.3 points, 8.97 points and 3.28 points per game. He also displayed nice vision in the high or mid post, finding teammates in stride. This past season with Flexx, Boothe shot well from deep. He could be a killer pick and pop big, if only his defensive limitations weren’t so glaring. Still, Boothe could show increased defensive acumen in his time with the Nets.

Milton Doyle

Milton Doyle Brooklyn Nets Summer League

The born-and-bred Chicago product is all kinds of interesting. Watch any of the (very few) highlight videos of Doyle, and viewers should come away impressed. Whose game does he resemble? I say a smaller version of Caris LeVert (ironically, Doyle is older than LeVert.) The two both handle the ball well, have sleek hesitation moves and can make defenders look foolish, all while using solid playmaking skills. Doyle may project as a combo guard, but he possesses the length to defend multiple positions. He may be a little bit older as a prospect, but playing at an unheralded Loyola Chicago team may have left his upside a little hidden.

Tahjere McCall

Tahjere McCall Brooklyn Nets Summer League

Like Doyle, McCall projects as a combo guard. He led a low key Tennessee State team to a 17-13 record. McCall is fearless when striking to the rim, finishing through contact and getting to the free throw line at a solid clip. He also has solid vision, although he does tend to throw risky passes at times. McCall may not have the tightest or flashiest handle, but he does enough to get to the basket. His perimeter game does need a bit of refinement. Defensively, McCall is active, picking up several steals in the passing lanes. In the Nets’ system, McCall could fit well as yet another non-traditional playmaker.

Kamari Murphy

Kamari Murphy Brooklyn Nets Summer League

Murphy, a Brooklyn native, is a blue-collar banger. Not the most refined or skilled player, Murphy makes his living on the boards, where he rebounded at a high rate for Miami. His box score numbers were far from impressive, but he can rise to the occasion – case in point a 16-point, 10-rebound performance in the ACC tournament at the Barclays Center. He possesses solid quickness for a big, which projects well for the Nets’ switch scheme. But Murphy will have to show an expanded offensive game if he wants to find an NBA (or G League) gig.

Vincent Poirier

Vincent Poirier Brooklyn Nets Summer League