Nets: Playing a game of ‘Bubble: Keep or Drop’ with BK guards

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Tyler Johnson: DROP

This one is tough. Long the apple of Brooklyn’s eye, this marriage will likely be short-lived.

Johnson is a 28-year-old coming off of a season of dreadful shooting in Phoenix: his 48.1 TS% gave the aforementioned Jordan Poole a run for his money. Johnson has enjoyed more success from outside in the bubble, but the Fresno State grad is still a ways off from his peak Miami days.

He still iced it against the Clippers, though. We’ll give him that.

But just like the previous two players in this exercise, there’s just simply not a path to playing time in guard spots. Johnson does carry the “pedigree” of marksmanship, and perhaps a handful of playoff microwave shooting bursts could be enough to show he can stick as a spot-up shooter.

However, that role will likely be covered by a combination of Joe Harris, Garrett Temple, and the outstanding Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (more on him later in the week), all players who can contribute in other facets besides shooting.

With Johnson unlikely to sign a two-way contract, his path to a guaranteed roster spot as a fifth guard will likely have to come from another team.