BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - NOVEMBER 27: Nicolas Claxton #33 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles down court during the second half of the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on November 27, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeat the Nets 121-110.
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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson shows off his confidence in Nic Claxton after Saturday night’s loss to Milwaukee.

The Brooklyn Nets continued their recent struggles this past Saturday night with a 117-97 loss to the first-place Milwaukee Bucks. It’s their third consecutive defeat, as Brooklyn now sits in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 18-23.

In the midst of the loss, the Nets received production from Kyrie Irving (17 points), Jarrett Allen (10 boards), and 20-year-old rookie Nic Claxton. The latter dropped a career-high 14 points and additionally snatched six rebounds.

After the game, head coach Kenny Atkinson portrayed confidence in the type of player Claxton will soon become.

Claxton has only appeared in 11 games for the Nets thus far, coming off the bench in each one of them. The young forward is averaging 3.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.1 assists on 52.9% shooting from the field. He sees the floor for an average of 12.6 minutes per game.

Brooklyn originally selected Claxton in the second round (No. 31 overall) of last June’s NBA Draft. He previously portrayed his talents for the University of Georgia from 2017-19.

Claxton has also spent time with the Long Island Nets, Brooklyn’s G League affiliate. In three games (one start) for them this year, he’s averaged 11.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.0 assist on 58.3% shooting through 13.9 minutes played per game.

It’ll be interesting to see if Claxton’s playing time for Brooklyn increases, especially since Atkinson possesses a high level of confidence in him.

The Nets’ next matchup will be with the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. Tip-off is set to take place at 3:00 p.m. ET at the Barclays Center.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.