Nets’ Taurean Prince wants to win more than he wants to score
Following an injury-marred campaign in which he was only able to suit up for a grand total of 55 regular-season contests, new Brooklyn Nets recruit Taruean Prince is entering the upcoming season with a renewed passion for the game.
After being traded by the Atlanta Hawks this offseason to the Brooklyn Nets, the 25-year-old admits that it was not easy for him to part ways with the team that gave him his first break in the league, selecting him 12th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft. However, Prince is looking forward to the fresh start he is going to get with the Nets:
“It was a bittersweet situation, just because Atlanta is such a great organization,” Prince told David Yapkowitz of Basketball Insiders. “But I knew I was going to another great organization so it kind of worked out well for me.”
When asked about what he believes he is able to bring to the table for his new squad, the 6-foot-8 small forward mentioned that above everything else, he believes that it is his incessant desire to win that makes him stand out:
“Versatility, great leadership and great character. I’m someone who wants to win more than they want to score,” Prince added. “My big thing is getting to the playoffs and being able to play in those type of opportunities and environment.”
Last season, Prince averaged 13.5 points (on 44.1 percent shooting), 3.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and a steal in 28.2 minutes per contest with the Hawks. The former Baylor standout was a reliable threat from distance, connecting on 2.2 3-pointers per game on a career-high 39.0 percent clip.
With Kevin Durant out, Wilson Chandler facing a lengthy suspension and Rodions Kurucs’ situation up in the air due to his recent arrest, it appears Prince will be given all the minutes he can handle at the 3-spot for Brooklyn.