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Nets’ Rodions Kurucs plans to play in summer league, work on all-around game

Nets, Rodions Kurucs

Brooklyn Nets’ incoming second-year swingman Rodions Kurucs shared his summer plan, noting that he intends to suit up for the summer league and work on his all-around game.

Kuruc, 21 years old, was the 40th overall pick by the Nets in the 2018 NBA Draft. He had a decent rookie campaign where he averaged 8.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game.

“I’m planning to play Summer League,” Kurucs told Brian Lewis of The New York Post.

“My focus this summer is just working on my game, my all-around game, my handle, my shot, defense, rebounding, physicality for sure. Everything, basically, because I will need them next season.”

The 6-foot-9 Latvian played in 63 games with the Nets — 46 of which were part of the starting line up. With him on the floor, the Nets tallied a 36-27 record and 28-18 when he started. Along with being an instrumental part of Brooklyn’s relative success, Kurucs was also selected to compete in the Rising Stars Challenge during the All-Star break.

It will be an interesting offseason for Kurucs and his team. As a late second-rounder, not much was expected of him. However, he defied all odds and became a regular part of Kenny Atkinson’s rotation. The Nets, meanwhile, are bent on luring in an elite caliber player to complete the rebuild.

If all works well, then we might see a contender on the rise in Brooklyn.