After only appearing in only two games this season, Treveon Graham is set to make his return for the Brooklyn Nets.
There will be a relatively new face on the floor donning the black and white for the Brooklyn Nets.
According to Brian Lewis of the New York Post, Nets swingman Treveon Graham is set to make his return for the team.
Graham only appeared in the first two games of the season for the Nets and did not log a point in either contest.
Since then, the versatile wing has been sidelined by a hamstring strain that has kept him off the court for the last 37 contests.
Head coach Kenny Atkinson expects him to be a contributing piece from the get-go, stating:
“He’s obviously going to play, and he’ll play minutes, too. We’re going to find him [minutes].”
Kenny Atkinson also praised his defensive versatility:
“Three and four, he can play both. He can definitely play the two also. He moves well enough, he’s big enough, and he plays so darn hard it’s not an issue at all. He can guard twos.”
Having a defender on the floor who can guard multiple positions will be undeniably important, especially with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson sidelined.
The Nets don’t boast many defenders who can guard multiple positions. In fact, many of their defenders struggle to shut down even just one position. (I shudder at the thought of Spencer Dinwiddie even attempting to navigate screens).
If Graham is as good as advertised on defense, perhaps he can help raise Brooklyn’s 23rd ranked unit.
Offensively, Graham is a…specialist. Last season, he shot 43 percent from three on 1.2 attempts per game for the Charlotte Hornets.
Outside of shooting the ball from long-range, Graham doesn’t do much else. His three-point attempts far outweigh his shooting frequency from any other part of the court.
Crazy statistic: last season, Graham attempted the same amount of above-the-break threes as restricted area shots (58). That is, um, pretty unique.
Graham’s gravitation to the three-point line will make him the perfect addition to Atkinson’s offensive system. If he can continue to knock these shots in at a 40 percent clip, and cover up for Brooklyn’s defensive lapses, Graham may see his role increase.