Brooklyn Nets: Breaking down Nets entry in Las Vegas Summer League

Brooklyn Nets Las Vegas Summer League. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Young veterans hope to turn some heads

The Summer League is a well-known refuge for players who have been plying their trade internationally or in the G-League and are looking for some team … any team … to notice what they can bring to a roster.

The downside is that can create an environment in Las Vegas chock full of players trying to jack up shots and put up scoring numbers, but the players who tend to get noticed are those who do the little things that teams look for from end-of-the-rotation role players.

Amida Brimah, C: Brimah, 25, is a native of Ghana who played four years at the University of Connecticut and was undrafted in 2017.

He played the last two seasons with the Austin Spurs in the G-League after being among the preseason cuts by the San Antonio Spurs each year.

Brimah was named to the G-League All-Defensive team last season despite being a reserve. In 47 games and just eight starts, Brimah averaged 8.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in 23.3 minutes per game, shooting 63.3 percent overall, good for sixth in the league.

But Brimah has not attempted a 3-point shot in two professional seasons and last year shot just 33.3 percent on 4.1 free-throw attempts per game.

He finished fourth in the league in blocks and has been named All-Defensive twice in two G-League campaigns, leading the circuit in blocks as a rookie in 2017-18 at 2.6 per game.

At 6-foot-10 and 230 pounds, he has decent size, but can get pushed around at times.

Josh Gray, PG: Gray, who will be 26 in September, is one of two players on this list with NBA experience. Undrafted out of LSU in 2016, Gray spent 19 days with the Phoenix Suns in February 2018, averaging 6.4 points, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 17.2 minutes per game over five games.

He shot just 26.8 percent overall and 23.1 percent (3-for-13) from 3-point range.

Last season, he played with the Changwon LG Sakers in South Korea, averaging 17.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.6 steals in 24.3 minutes per game, starting twice in 61 games.

He shot 42.6 percent overall and 26.9 percent on 4.4 3-point tries per game. The Sakers were eliminated in the KBL semifinals by the Incheon ET Land Elephants in a three-game sweep.

Mike Moore, SF: Moore, 25, was undrafted out of Division II Mount Olive in 2016 after a four-year career and played last season for Boras Basket in Sweden’s Basketliga after spending the 2017-18 season in Denmark.

Moore is taking a step up in competition next season regardless, as he signed to play for Virtus Roma, which was promoted back to Italy’s top division, Serie A, after four straight years in the A2 circuit.

At 6-foot-8 and 210 pounds, Moore is a stretch threat, knocking down 40.6 percent on 5.5 3-point attempts last season for Boras. He averaged 16.1 points and 6.3 rebounds in 31.8 minutes per game, shooting 48.5 percent overall.

This will be Moore’s first shot at Summer League ball and he will be looking to maximize his exposure.

Jaylen Morris, SG: Morris, along with Josh Gray, is the other player with NBA experience coming to Vegas with the Nets, having logged 10 games over the last two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks.

Morris was on a two-way deal with the Bucks last season before he was waived in mid-January, averaging 2.5 points in 7.3 minutes per game over four appearances, going 4-for-10 overall and 1-for-3 from deep.

He split last season between the Wisconsin Herd and Erie BayHawks in the G-League, playing in 33 games and starting 29 while averaging 14.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 35.3 minutes per game, shooting 51.2 percent overall and 30.5 percent on 3.9 deep tries per game.

Morris was undrafted in 2017 out of Division II Molloy College on Long Island. The 6-foot-5. 185-pound guard will be 24 in September.

Duop Reath, C: An Australian, Reath was undrafted in 2018 out of LSU after playing two seasons there. He played his first two collegiate seasons at Lee College in Texas.

Born in the Sudan, Reath just turned 23 last month and played last season with Serbian club FMP Beograd in the Adriatic League, averaging 9.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 22.3 minutes per game in 23 games, including two starts.

He shot 47.8 percent overall and tried to stretch his range, hitting 28.6 percnet on 3.4 3-point tries a game. At 6-foot-11 and 232 pounds, he is still very raw, but rangy.

In two seasons at LSU, Reath averaged 12.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 25.9 minutes per game, shooting 52.7 percent overall and 37.4 percent on 1.3 long-range attempts a game. He was 19-for-45 (42.2 percent) from deep in 33 games as a senior.

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Like Mike Moore, this will be Reath’s first opportunity in the Summer League.