On September 27, the Brooklyn Nets will officially open their training camp. This comes on the heels of perhaps one of the more tumultuous summers that a team has faced in recent memory. Between the uncertainty of Kyrie Irving’s player option, Kevin Durant’s trade request, and Ben Simmons’ surgery, the Nets should feel fortunate that they will get to finally debut their All-Star trio on opening night.

When you look at the Nets’ roster on paper, they do have one of the more complete rosters in the association. With Durant and Irving’s ability to score in volumes, the defense and playmaking of Simmons, and the long-range shooting of Seth Curry and Joe Harris, the Nets check nearly every box when it comes to their current roster.

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Kendrick Perkins Calls Out Nicolas Claxton

But Brooklyn’s one glaring weakness is the center position. Brooklyn has a stable of centers that consists of Day’Ron Sharpe and Nicolas Claxton, two raw talents who are extremely young. However, of the two young big men, Claxton is the one who got paid this summer, inking a 2-year, $17.2 million deal to remain with the franchise.

As a result, the former Georgia Bulldog is expected to take his game to the next level. One of the people with their eye on Claxton is Durant’s former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Kendrick Perkins, who says he needs to see more out of the Nets’ rising star.

“Ben Simmons does [intrigue]. I ain’t gonna lie, I have to see a little bit more out of [Nicolas] Claxton. I need to see a little more pit bull out of Claxton,” Perkins said in an interview with Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Bally Sports.

“Now on the break, both of those guys are freaks of nature, and I thought that was missing out of him a lot of last season. Like, we saw it in spurts but, I need to see it more consistently.”

Ben Simmons on the fast break intrigues ⁦@KendrickPerkins⁩.

And Nic Claxton?

“Ben Simmons does. I ain’t gonna lie. I have to see a little bit more out of Claxton. I need a little more out bill out of Claxton.”

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Source:: Heavy.com


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