Watching Jared Dudley — really focusing on his play — is like taking an advanced class in basketball theory.
The veteran just does all the little things that help teams play better. He sets good screens. Defensively, he knows his limitations and does his best to account for them. He knows where to go with the ball when he has it. He doesn’t force shots, but takes them when they are there.
Making his second straight start, Dudley on Friday night turned in his best outing of the preseason. He made a couple of 3s, was solid on the glass as well as keeping the Knicks off it and seized the opportunities when they were available.
Having dropped a lot of weight in the offseason has Dudley back where he was when I was observing a lot of Milwaukee Bucks basketball a few years ago. He won’t make or break a team, but he’s one of those role players that can make a team better.
Treveon Graham is 6-foot-5 with a 6-foot-10 wingspan and he had those long arms doing work Friday night.
He collected three offensive rebounds — two late in the game when the Nets were protecting a lead — and finally found a bit of his 3-point stroke, striping a pair of deep balls in six attempts after starting the preseason 0-for-6.
Graham is proving to be a valuable contributor on both ends, as he’s quick enough to guard 1s and 2s and strong enough to pick up 3s and 4s when necessary.
He’s looking more comfortable in the offensive flow, as evidenced by his six assists on Friday, and it looks like Graham is going to be hard to keep out of the rotation.