Brooklyn Nets 2017-2018 Player Preview: Jeremy Senglin

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 15: Jeremy Senglin
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The Brooklyn Nets are no strangers to taking chances on undrafted free agents and having them pay off. General Manager Sean Marks has built his team by finding young diamonds in the rough and hopes he can find more this season.

As per new NBA rules, each team can give two players a two-way partially guaranteed contract that does not have a direct impact on their roster size. These players can float freely between the team’s G-League affiliate and the main roster for up to 45 days. One of these players that is hoping to take advantage of this deal is combo guard Jeremy Senglin.

Senglin was undrafted coming out of Weber State, where he played out his full four years of eligibility. As 22-year-old rookie in the current NBA landscape, he is considered ancient, but Senglin brings abilities that give him a real chance to succeed.

At Weber State, Senglin improved each season. His minutes increased each year and he responded by improving as a scoring threat each time. His ability to score in bunches is what attracted the Nets to him.

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Senglin finished his career as Weber States’ all-time leading scorer with 2,078 points over his four years. This mark was also good enough to be the second all-time scorer in Big Sky Conference history, only behind Orlando Lightfoot of Idaho.

Senglin made his career as a sharp shooter where he averaged 43.7% from beyond the arc at nearly nine attempts per game during his senior season. His deep ability was the anchor to the 21.2 points per game he averaged during his senior season and could be a weapon on the Nets.

The Nets shot a whopping 31.6 three pointers per game at an awful 33.8% success rate. Shooting a lot of threes is the style that head coach Kenny Atkinson wants to play and the Nets need to convert threes at a higher rate if they want to compete.

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This is where Senglin can be an asset and find his place on the roster. If he can bring his deep shooting to the Nets, then he will be a scoring spark off the bench that the team needs. Couple his ability with players like Sean Kilpatrick and Joe Harris and the Nets can have one of the best scoring benches in the NBA.

But Senglin can’t just be a one trick pony if he wants to become a permanent fixture in the NBA. He was deathly efficient from deep, but his mid-range game was inconsistent at best. He also struggles to make his teammates better, only averaging 2.8 assists per game during his college career.

At 6’2, 195 pounds, Senglin has the size of an NBA point guard, but plays more like a shooting guard. With his lack of passing ability, a switch to shooting guard may be the best for his chances to succeed.

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These two-way contracts give both Jeremy Senglin and the Nets the ability to see if they are the right fit for each other. If Senglin can show enough improvement and bring his lethal three-point shot to Brooklyn, then he will be the next diamond in the rough discovery for Sean Marks.