2. Day’Ron Sharpe
Day’Ron Sharpe spent one season in North Carolina before being taken by the Nets with the 29th pick of the 2021 draft. The 6-foot-9 forward/center averaged 9.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 29 games with the Tar Heels. He entered the NBA at the age of 19 and is the youngest player on Brooklyn’s roster.
He had some impressive moments during the preseason for the Nets, too. Sharpe scored a total of 15 points in 19 minutes spread across two games. Based off his skills as a big man, he has a good chance to be successful at the professional level, where bigs have transformed their game. Nash hasn’t utilized the rookie a lot in the regular season, but his time could be coming sooner rather than later with Blake Griffin struggling and Nic Claxton on the mend.
Sharpe’s played in two games for Long Island and is averaging 15.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in the G League. He scored 19 points, brought down 12 rebounds and contributed two blocks in last Saturday’s 114-110 win over Raptors 905.
The rookie’s appeared in seven games for the Nets and is averaging 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds. He scored a season-high five points against Detroit on Oct. 31 and last played against Golden State on Nov. 16. Sharpe’s shown a lot of potential, and if Brooklyn continues to get out-rebounded, he could help to change that.