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Taurean Prince ready to play PF for Nets with Wilson Chandler suspended

Wilson Chandler, Taurean Prince, Nets

The NBA slapped Brooklyn Nets forward Wilson Chandler with a 25-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

The Nets will now lean on newly-acquired forward Taurean Prince to fill in the void left by the veteran forward. Per Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News, Prince said he’s ready to play power forward — the position he played for the most part of his collegiate career.

“I played power forward all of college until my senior year. I played power forward in high school as well,” he said. “So it’s all about being on the floor and getting the opportunity.

The 25-year old is likely Brooklyn’s runaway option to start at the four. His best competition for that spot is Latvian forward Rodions Kurucs, who started 46 games for the Nets last season.

Prince mostly played the three spot in his three-year stint with the Atlanta Hawks. He also played some small-ball four at times. In the modern NBA, Prince is perhaps best suited in the latter role.

Prince had an injury-riddled campaign for Atlanta last season after having a solid sophomore campaign. Likewise, he didn’t have as featured a role on offense as he would have liked due to the emergence of Rookie of the Year runner-up Trae Young.

He played just 55 games in 2018-19 and averaged 13.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game with 44-39-81 shooting splits.