Brooklyn Nets: Player grades from demolition of Kings

Brooklyn Nets D'Angelo Russell. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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Brooklyn Nets Spencer Dinwiddie. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images) /

A-. 29 MIN, 19 PTS, 8-for-14 (3-for-4), 7 REB (2 ORB), 2 AST, 2 PF, 2 STL, 1 TO, +17. SG/SF. Brooklyn Nets. JOE HARRIS

Joe Harris loves shooting at Barclays Center. With a 3-for-4 performance from deep on Monday against the Sacramento Kings, Harris is shooting an NBA-best 53.0 percent at home from 3-point range.

Of course, he’s no slouch from out there regardless of venue, with third-best 3-point percentage in the NBA at 47.5 percent.

Harris signed a two-year, $16 million contract as a free agent last July to remain with the Brooklyn Nets and he’s making what was thought to be an overpay look like an absolute bargain, as Harris has blossomed from very good reserve to solid starter this season.

He’s also expanded his game, doing much more on the glass and as a playmaker, while improving his defense to the point he’s no longer considered a liability at that end.

B. 29 MIN, 11 PTS, 3-for-12 (1-for-5), 4-for-5 FT, 3 REB (1 ORB), 6 AST, 3 PF, 3 TO, +16. PG/SG. Brooklyn Nets. SPENCER DINWIDDIE

The Kings are a tough matchup for Spencer Dinwiddie, who loves to use his speed and quickness to get by defenders for easy looks at the rim.

Sacramento, however, is stacked with quick, athletic defenders who may lack discipline against organized sets, but can stay in front of even very good penetrators in isolation.

But while he had a tough shooting afternoon, Dinwiddie was a very effective facilitator with six assists.

Couple that with his growing synergy with D’Angelo Russell and the Nets have become a very dangerous team even with both point guards on the floor, because defenses can never be sure which guy is running the offense on any given possession.