Nets: 3 Bubble standouts BK must find room for in 2020-21

Nets PG Tyler Johnson (Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images)
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Nets guard Garrett Temple (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

2. Garrett Temple

To be fair to Garrett Temple, he’s performed well the entire season, and that form has simply extended to Orlando. With the Nets missing a slew of guards, the LSU product has stepped up in a big way for interim head coach Jacque Vaughn.

Temple has averaged 12.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists for Brooklyn in the bubble. Those numbers obviously don’t jump off the screen, but the Nets have been emptying their bench in virtually every game so far, so his playing time hasn’t been as consistent as he would like.

We’re not saying the nine-year veteran should assume a huge role next season, but Brooklyn could do a lot worse in terms of bench players. Temple’s veteran leadership will be pivotal for a Nets team that will clearly have championship aspirations with a fully healthy roster.

He’s been clutch, too, essentially clinching the team’s historic upset of Milwaukee with some late theatrics, ruining bettors’ lives. That’s got to be worth a second chance.