The Brooklyn Nets have reportedly signed Henry Ellenson to a two-way contract with hopes that the stretch big can flourish in their system.
Being that it’s a two-way deal, Ellenson will spend most of his time in the G League. He can play on the NBA roster for up to 45 days. If he impresses enough, the Nets could offer him a long-term contract after this upcoming season.
Through the 2018-2019 season, Ellenson only played in 19 NBA games. He played two games with the Detroit Pistons (who drafted him No. 18 overall in 2016) and 17 games with the New York Knicks. In those 19 games, Ellenson averaged 6.0 points and 3.5 rebounds on 41.1% shooting from the field. Ellenson also shot 44.7% from behind the arc.
Although Ellenson has been in the league for three years, he’s only seen limited time on the floor. He’s played a total of 76 games, but he’s still only 22 years old. He still has time to develop into a rotational NBA player.
Ellenson doesn’t have a ton of big games on his resume, but he put together a strong showing in a February game with the Knicks. The Marquette product scored 13 points on 3-for-6 from three while collecting nine rebounds. He dished out five assists for good measure.
The 6-foot-11 big man’s ability to knock down a three could save his NBA career. Stretch bigs are worth their weight in gold so long as they aren’t a complete liability in every other facet of the game.
Ellenson will have the opportunity to prove his worth to Brooklyn next season before he tries to secure a long-term deal next summer.