Kevin Durant reveals what they ‘need’ from Nets newcomer this season
It was only Bembry’s fourth start this season for the Nets but he managed to make the most out of it, having registered 18 points and nine rebounds in 35 minutes of action.
The impressive showing from the Nets newcomer was enough for Kevin Durant to acknowledged that the team will “need” Bembry’s exact overall contributions during the Suns game for the entire season.
“He played incredible [against the Suns] — playing defense on the ball, cutting to the rim, making himself available, rebounding,” Durant said of Bembry via The New York Post. “We’re going to need that from him. He was a spark for us and he was one of the bright spots out there. So hopefully he can continue to build on this and keep getting better.”
Nets head coach Steve Nash, meanwhile, also lauded Bembry’s ability to quickly make himself a key player on both ends of the floor. Moreover, Nash is pleased with his “to grow as a player.”
“[Bembry] He gives us some speed and athleticism; he gives us a defender out there who can guard No. 1 options on the other team, and he also is a cutter offensively for us. So he’s been great,” Nash assessed. “We’ve been working with him to really understand his role, and I think he’s been fantastic with his willingness to compete and to grow as a player. So, really proud of his effort and he’s getting better.”
Bembry is on a one-year, minimum-salary contract with the Nets and is only partially guaranteed for $750K. However, it wouldn’t be impossible if Brooklyn considers fully guaranteeing the said deal.