Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets may finally get some relief on their roster, as rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson may play Tuesday night.

By Chip Murphy

Brooklyn Nets‘ rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is listed as “probable” for Tuesday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets. He’s missed the last 50 games because of a fracture in his right ankle.

Brian Lewis of the NY Post reported last week that Hollis-Jefferson has been working on his shot and continues to travel with the team.

When the rookie was asked about the timing of a return, he sounded patient, “Not [a rush] at all. Not at all. Whenever I’m ready and they call my name, that’s how it’ll go.”

In just 19 games, Hollis-Jefferson easily became Brooklyn’s best defender. He certainly lived up to the hype on that end and with the Nets draft future in comical disarray, it was great to see them use a rookie so prominently in the rotation.

The swing-man from Arizona was averaging 22.1 minutes, 5.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.4 assists while shooting 48.1 percent from the floor.

On a per-36 minute basis, his stats soar 8.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.3 steals, and 2.3 assists.

Nothing is definite about Hollis-Jefferson’s health of course. With the season winding down the Nets won’t want to risk further injury on such a valuable future franchise piece.

But, it certainly would be great for the fans to get another look at their prized rookie. If anything, it’s a reason to watch.

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I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.