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Terrence Williams in 2009 (AP)

Terrence Williams in 2009 (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets are considering picking up Terrence Williams in next week's D-League waiver wire process, team sources told The Brooklyn Game.

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After a two-day stint in Springfield with the team's D-League affiliate Springfield Armor, Tornike Shengelia and Tyshawn Taylor have been recalled by the Brooklyn Nets, the team announced today.

The team sent down Shengelia and Taylor Saturday to get them some playing time in the Armor's Sunday afternoon game against the Maine Red Claws. The Armor, who were 1-9 heading into the game, won 93-74 behind 23 points from Shengelia.

The move also presupposed the idea that forward Andrei Kirilenko and guard Jason Terry, who have both been injured for over a month, may return to the rotation. Indeed, Kirilenko and Terry practiced with the team yesterday. But given the tone from shootaround, the Nets may open Kirilenko and Terry as a Christmas present:

 

The Brooklyn Nets have officially signed small forward Kris Joseph from their D-League affiliate Springfield Armor to a 10-day contract, according to an official press release from the team.

Joseph's Armor teammate Willie Reed (aka #CallUpWillie) broke the news of the call-up via twitter on Saturday night. Joseph takes over the vacant 15th roster spot, which has been open since Damion James 10-day contract expired on January 23rd.

The Armor acquired the Syracuse Orange product in February from the Boston Celtics D-League affiliate Maine Red Claws in exchange for forward James Mays. Per the release:

"Joseph (6-7/215) becomes Brooklyn's second NBA D-League Call-Up of the season, joining the Nets from the Springfield Armor. In 27 combined games for Springfield and Maine this season, Joseph averaged 18.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 34.0 minutes per game. Acquired from Maine on February 11, 2013, Joseph has started 15 games for the Armor, averaging 19.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals in 34.1 minutes per game."

The Celtics took the 24-year-old Canadian-born baller with a second round pick (51st overall) in the 2012 NBA Draft. The 6'7" swingman spent six games in the Association with Boston, all in November and December, during which he averaged 1.2 points and 0.8 rebounds in 3.8 minutes per game. Joseph tied his career high of two points against Brooklyn in the Celtic's Christmas Day Massacre of the Nets at Barclays.

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The Brooklyn Nets will called up forward Kris Joseph from their D-League affiliate, the Springfield Armor. The news, ironically enough, was broken by Joseph's fellow Armor teammate Willie Reed, whose been on his own personal campaign over the last couple of months to get the big promotion:

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Joseph, a 6'7" swingman who was acquired last month in a trade in exchange for forward James Mays, is Canadian born and will fill the Nets 15th roster spot that has been open ever since the departure of Damion James, who was preceded by Josh Childress. The 24-year old rookie was drafted 51st overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2012 NBA Draft but was later waived on January 6th. Joseph has only played a total of 24 NBA minutes this season and has scored a modest 7 points.

A four-year standout at Syracuse University, Joseph is a wing player who can shoot from deep. With the Armor this season, Joseph was putting up some excellent numbers; 19 PPG, 1.7 STLs, 80% FT, while shooting 43.8% from 3.

He will be the fourth rookie on the Nets this season and third international (Candian!) rookie. It is unknown exactly when Joseph will join the team.

 

With Tyshawn Taylor and Tornike Shengelia to the big club Brooklyn Nets yesterday, it was time for another Springfield Armor player to earn D-League Play of the Day honors against the Canton Charge last night.

Through the first 47 minutes and 57.3 seconds of the game, Willie Reed AKA #CallWillieUp hadn't been living up to the recent stellar play that earned him D-League Performer of the Week after averaging 20 points, 17.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks over three games in the middle of March. Before the final offensive series, the 6'10" forward out of St. Louis only had 11 points and five rebounds.

Then this happened. With 2.7 seconds remaining and the game tied at 108, Reed caught a semi-Hail Mary inbound pass from former Net Ben Uzoh and hit a fade away teardrop from the left mid-corner that went through the net with 0.1 seconds remaining to give the Armor the 110-108 win in their final home game of the season.

The Armor, who have been eliminated from playoff contention with an 18-27 record, will finish up the D-League regular season with five games on the road.

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Once again, the Brooklyn Nets announced today that they have recalled rookies Tyshawn Taylor and Toko Shengelia from the Springfield Armor, the Nets D-League affiliate. This will the the fifth and fourth times that the Nets have recalled both players, respectively. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, NBA teams are allowed to send and recall players in their first two years to the D-League as many times as they wish.

In 10 games with the Armor this season, the seldom-used forward Shengelia has posted some fantastic numbers; 24.3 PPG, 8.2 REB, 4.0 AST, and 2.3 STLS. His career high came on January 24th vs. the Maine Red Claws when he dropped 39 points to go along with 18 boards.

As for Taylor, his numbers are not too shabby either; 24.6 PPG, 7.5 AST, and 4.1 REB. He has played eight games in the Developmental League this season and his career high came in his D-League debut on December 21st against the Erie Bayhwaks. Taylor scored 32 points in that game.

Both players will re-join the team Thursday in time for Friday night's game against the Denver Nuggets.

 

It wasn't Lebron over Jason Terry or DeAndre Jordan over Brandon Knight, but Brooklyn Nets rookie Tyshawn Taylor did put Boston Celtics rookie Fab Melo on a poster last night in Springfield for the D-League Dunk of the Night.... MORE →

 

Brooklyn Nets rookie Tyshawn Taylor showed off his athleticism Tuesday night with the Springfield Armor, putting down a 360 dunk on a fast break that would probably be the team's best dunk of the season had he done it in a Brooklyn Nets uniform.

In an Armor loss Thursday night, Taylor again didn't disappoint, finishing with 25 points on 10-16 shooting, including this athletic reverse layup where the ball hung on the side of the rim for multiple seconds before spinning in. Watch:

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Tyshawn Taylor

Tyshawn Taylor (AP)

Brooklyn Nets rookies Tyshawn Taylor and Tornike Shengelia both had monster games for the Nets D-League affiliate Springfield Armor, but it wasn't enough as the Armor fell to the Austin Toros, 129-123 in overtime.

Shengelia finished with 27 points on 11-21 shooting (2-3 from deep), adding six rebounds. Taylor finished with 25 points on 10-16 shooting (also 2-3 from deep), adding seven assists, but also seven turnovers. Former first-round pick Dominique Jones led the Armor with 28 points and nine assists.

The game story, per the Armor:

The Armor (17-26) held a 66-54 halftime lead and led by as many as 21 points in the third quarter, but the Toros (24-18) made their move in the fourth quarter. Trailing by 17 points (99-82) heading into the fourth, Austin began the quarter on a 19-2 run to erase the entire Armor advantage. Springfield battled back to earn a seven-point lead (121-114) with 40.9 seconds to go, but the Toros ended regulation on a 7-0 run, punctuated by a JaMychal Green layup, to send the game into overtime.

The Toros’ Lester Hudson buried back-to-back threes to start the three-minute overtime period and Austin never looked back. Kris Joseph got the Armor within four points with a driving layup, but another Green layup pushed the Toros’ lead back to six points, 129-123, as Austin held on for the road victory.

D-League player of the week Willie Reed of #CallWillieUp fame did not dress due to bursitis in his right elbow.

 

Reed in college. (AP)

Prior to last night's Tyshawn Taylor 360 dunk festivities, one Springfield Armor player picked up a special accolade: Armor forward Willie Reed won the D-League Player of the Week Award after recording three double-doubles in three games and averaging some eye-popping numbers: 20 points, 17.3 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks per game on 67% shooting from the floor.

Since the NBA D-League All-Star break, Reed is averaging 18.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 2.4 in 29.9 minutes per game over 11 games, recording five double-doubles. Reed has started some Twitter self-promotional frenzy from his @ShowtimeReed33 account, trying to get his way into the NBA with the hashtag #CallWillieUp.

A scout who's watched the 6'10" Reed closely called him an athletic beast who can finish strong at the rim, but struggles with erratic play and a shaky jumper. The Armor will likely hold on to him for the rest of the D-League season, but the Nets have an open roster spot and a big man rotation seriously lacking athleticism.

 

Armed with a roster flush with talent -- including Brooklyn Nets rookies Tyshawn Taylor & Tornike Shengelia, former first-round draft pick Dominique Jones, former Boston Celtics forward Kris Joseph, and D-League Player of the Week Willie Reed -- the Brooklyn Nets D-League Affiliate Springfield Armor took down the Erie Bayhawks last night 102-96. Even on this talent-laden (for D-League standards) roster, it was Taylor that stole the show, finishing with 30 points (10-19 shooting), seven assists, and four steals in 31 minutes, including the D-League dunk of the night: a fast-break 360 dunk in the second quarter. Watch:... MORE →