The Brooklyn Nets just signed on all-time shooting legend Kyle Korver to join their team as an assistant coach in August. It hasn't taken long for him to make an impact on the roster.
The sharpshooter is obviously going to put in the work with the the wings on the team to improve their outside shot. Guys like Bruce Brown, DeAndre' Bembry, and rookie Cam Thomas are bound to get some one-on-one sessions. But Shams Charania recently name-dropped big man Nic Claxton as one of Korver's new students. According to The Athletic‘s Alex Schiffer, the pair's sessions together began not long after Korver joined the team, in a random gym near Claxton's hometown.
Korver arrived at 7 a.m. and the two got after it. From free throws to 3s, Korver, one of the game’s great shooters, worked on a flaw that has followed Claxton since he declared for the NBA Draft out of Georgia; finding consistency in his jump shot. He couldn’t have found a better teacher in Korver, the Nets’ newest player development coach.
“Everything that he does is easy for me to understand,” said Claxton, whose education under Korver has continued in San Diego, where the Nets have started training camp. “Of course his body of work, what he did, speaks for itself. But everything is relatable. He knows how to get through.”
Nic Claxton could very well be an x-factor for the Nets this season. As the only dependable shot-blocking option on the roster, he'll be called upon to defending opposing big men they may face on their quest for a title. Being able to make an impact on the offensive side of the floor as well would put Brooklyn on another level.
Claxton attempted just 12 threes in his first two seasons, connecting on two of them. Safe to say he's going to shatter that figure this year.
Kyrie Irving and his Covid-19 vaccination saga looks to be the biggest threat to the Brooklyn Nets' title hopes thus far. But even with all pieces healthy and available, the Nets still face some healthy opposition from around the league.
That's why it's tantamount the supporting cast around Irving, Kevin Durant, and James Harden is poised and ready to raise the team's ceiling even further.