Taurean Prince
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The Brooklyn Nets have a high IQ player in Taurean Prince, according to his former Atlanta Hawks teammate Trae Young.

When general manager Sean Marks traded for Taurean Prince, the Brooklyn Nets had one major goal at the forefront—clearing salary cap space for July.

However, Prince is no slouch on the court. The former Atlanta Hawk is a three-and-D type player who should fit in well with the Nets this season. In fact, his former teammate, Trae Young, has high praise for the wing.

“He can bring a lot. Taurean is a tremendous player. He brings a lot of skill on the court with his ability to shoot and pass,” Young said via SNY’s Ian Begley. “He’s very smart. I think that goes very underrated. He knows how to make plays and when to make plays. As far as off the court, he was very helpful for me. I know Brooklyn doesn’t have a lot of young guys, but off the court, he’s a guy that’s not going to be in trouble and going to be low key. As far as a teammate, he’s a good person and a good player to be around. I think Taurean is going to have a great season in Brooklyn.”

In 55 games (47 starts) with the Hawks last season, Prince averaged 13.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game.

Moreover, Prince shot 39% from three-point range. Better yet, he shot 42.8% on 3.6 catch-and-shoot threes per game last year, per to NBA.com. His ability to stretch the floor should fit in nicely alongside a Nets offense that should feature Kyrie Irving in an onslaught of pick-and-rolls.

Prince could join the likes of Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris as a top-notch role player in Brooklyn. The Nets seem to have a knack for getting the most out of those types of players. Prince had more success prior to Brooklyn than either Dinwiddie or Harris, but he still fits the mold.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.