Jorge Gutierrez: 15 G, 2 GS, 16.3 MPG, 4.1 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.67 SPG, 0.07 BPG, .463 FG% .250 3P%, .750 FT%, 8.76 PER, -0.3 EWAJorge Gutierrez began preseason at Duke University at Nets training camp, knowing full well he had no shot of making the regular season roster with 15 players already under contract.
After a strong preseason, the Nets let him go. After 35 games with the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League, he was called up by the Nets on March 6th. (Memo to undrafted rookies: that's why you go to training camp.)
He signed two 10-day contracts with Brooklyn, and his solid play in garbage time earned him a non-guaranteed two-year contract.
Gutierrez plays smart and with a chip on his shoulder. He beat out the younger Marquis Teague for the team’s backup point guard role for a stretch in the second half of the season. He also became the fourth Mexican-American player in NBA history.
Though he needs to become a better shooter, Jorge Gutierrez exhibited a high basketball IQ and aggressive defensive style that Jason Kidd became fond of. His most memorable moment came when he earned himself an ejection and $15,000 fine for this hard foul on Bobcats forward Cody Zeller. If he makes training camp next season, it wouldn't shock me to see him make the 15-man roster.
The Brooklyn Nets are in Philadelphia tonight to take on the Philadelphia 76ers in the third game of the #WeTalkinBoutPreseason tour, and seven of the team's players (six guaranteed) will sit out.
Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko, Tyshawn Taylor, Tornike Shengelia, and Jorge Gutierrez will all sit for the Nets tonight. Pierce is on a scheduled rest day, while the rest are dealing with various injuries. Williams, Taylor, and Gutierrez are resting sprained ankles, Shengelia and Terry are both dealing with knee issues from offseason surgery, and Andrei Kirilenko is dealing with back spasms.
None of the injuries are expected to be long-term issues, though Kidd opened a small window of possibility that Williams will miss the beginning of the season. (Barring a setback, he won't.)
Shaun Livingston and Alan Anderson will start in place of Williams and Pierce. The rest of the team is active.
As you may have read this morning, the Brooklyn Nets recently signed three players to training camp contracts -- Jorge Gutierrez, Chris Johnson, and Brooklyn's own Gary Forbes. These three will participate in all training camp activities with the team at Duke this week, with a chance to make the team out of training camp.
Except, barring something wildly unexpected, they won't. Here's why.... MORE →