3. DeMarre Carroll struggled
DeMarre Carroll is one of the veterans on the Brooklyn Nets’ roster, entering his 10th NBA season and coming off what was statistically the best year of his career.
Let’s just write Wednesday night off as a veteran sort of easing his way into the season.
Behind the Buck Pass
Carroll started at the 4 Wednesday night, with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson still sidelined by the strained abductor muscle he sustained in August while playing in a charity game hosted in China by former Net Jeremy Lin.
Caris LeVert, meanwhile, got the start at the 3, where Carroll played most of last season.
Carroll no doubt struggled. He missed all five of his shots, including 0-for-4 from 3-point range (an epidemic shared by most of the roster Wednesday). In 20 minutes, he had two rebounds, an assist and two turnovers and had a minus-15 plus/minus.
Offensively, Carroll seemed to be drifting at times rather than moving confidently from spot to spot. Could it be as simple as a bit of unfamiliarity with the position? That seems a stretch considering the mostly positionless nature of the pace-and-space system.
Carroll’s a pro. He’s done this for a long time. The smart money is on this being the exception rather than the rule.