The Backups: Isaiah Whitehead
With the 42nd pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Brooklyn Nets selected guard Isaiah Whitehead from Seton Hall. The Nets had to move up in the draft to ensure that they would land Whitehead, and Brooklyn paid a steep price to do so.
Whitehead is intriguing because he can play both guard spots. However, because he possesses a quality passing ability, Brooklyn could certainly use Whitehead as a point guard.
The biggest question in regards to Whitehead will be his NBA readiness. There has been some talk that perhaps Whitehead will see time in the NBA D-League, with Brooklyn’s affiliate, the Long Island Nets.
Brooklyn has yet to determine where Whitehead will begin his career, so he will get a shot to show what he can do during training camp. If the Nets’ staff feels he is ready, he will crack the roster. That’s the first hurdle Whitehead must clear. But if he makes the roster, the Nets could use him at both guard spots.
Whitehead is also of interest because he is from Brooklyn. It would be quite a story for the 21-year-old guard from Brooklyn to crack the Nets’ opening day roster. Even if Whitehead does have an initial stint in the D-League, he figures to be in the Nets’ plans at some point this season.