Around the ‘Nets: Al Jefferson calls Bargnani “a poor man’s Dirk”?


Here’s the latest Nets news and notes from around the ‘nets:

  • The annual ranking of NBA players from worst to first on ESPN kicked off yesterday, and seven Nets already accounted for outside of the top 300. Chris McCullough, Markel Brown, Ryan Boatright, and Willie Reed did not make the top 400 of #NBARank, but Shane Larkin (#388), Andrea Bargnani (#361), and Sergey Karasev (#344) did. Remember, these rankings are just projections, and the rankings at the bottom can be quite wonky: there’s not altogether much difference between the 303rd-best player and the 397th-best player. The real question is where Brook Lopez ends up, after a strong finish last season.

  • Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson calls Bargnani “a poor man’s Dirk.” Jefferson, a low-post banger, said it in context of the league’s progression towards outside shooters, and I think he meant it in the sense that Bargnani was taken first overall as a big man who primarily operated from outside. Even so: well then.

  • Speaking of Bargnani, he’s back in the states.
  • Something I missed on draft night: Nets rookies Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Chris McCullough are going to make a song together!

  • Something you may remember from the last few seasons.

  • Hollis-Jefferson and Reed made another Brooklyn appearance: this time at a Fort Greene elementary school for “Dad’s Take Your Child To Work Day.” Thursday morning, Hollis-Jefferson (and possibly others) are outside Borough Hall serving coffee to fans, as shown above. This may be recency bias, but it seems that the Nets have done more in-Brooklyn community events this offseason than any other.