Despite a generally successful rookie season, Isaiah Whitehead has yet to see the floor with any regularity for this Brooklyn Nets team. After spending the majority of his time with the Long Island affiliate, it seems as if Whitehead is ready to make the permanent leap to the Association.
Acquired on the night of the 2016 Draft, Isaiah Whitehead showed some flashes during his rookie year. After injuries to both Jeremy Lin and Greivis Vasquez, Whitehead was tossed head-first into a significant role in the NBA.
While most second-rounders struggle in their initial campaign, Whitehead found a moderate degree of success. He appeared in 73 contests (26 starts) and scored 7.4 points per night.
However with the Nets acquiring D’Angelo Russell, and Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie emerging as legitimate playmakers, Whitehead has found himself assigned to the G-League for the majority of the season. Although many players view the G-League as punishment, Whitehead has instead thrived. As of today, he is second in points and assists for the Brooklyn Nets’ affiliate.
While Whitehead has yet to play any meaningful minutes, he has looked effective in his brief stints. Whitehead has seen an uptick in his efficiency from the floor, as his shooting percentage is up a whooping 76 points from last year. Granted, this may be a small sample size, but there is no doubt that he has improved as a scorer. More so than his numbers, Whitehead has looked more composed and calm under pressure this year. He has played less cautiously, and has seen points per game average rise despite playing nine minutes few per contest.
With LeVert suffering from a groin injury and Russell still working his way back from injury, it seems as if now is the time to bring Whitehead up for good. This Brooklyn Nets team could use another ball handler, and Whitehead is the perfect in-house talent.