Fans love the lad. He’s really likable, and at least Nash doesn’t have to worry too much about the hole inside now. Nicholas Claxton, remember this young man, he is the puzzle piece of the Nets championship winning team. Standing at 2’12”, with 2’19” arms, excellent movement and running and jumping ability, he was born in 1999 and is only 22 years old. Compared to Aldridge, Griffin, and Millsap, he is clearly the most dynamic of the Nets inside, and I think he will take the starting spot in the long run behind the scenes, and is the guy who will be left on the floor by Nash to complement the Big Three in key minutes.
He will be a championship puzzle for the Nets for 3 main reasons.
The shortcomings were not exposed in the small-ball era. Obviously, Clarkston’s disadvantage is that he doesn’t have the weight to defend heavy inside linebackers, but the small-ball era has given him the opportunity to do so, and now he rarely encounters such problems. There are only two guys in the league that I think can have great inside back skills along with strength, Jokic and Embiid. But those two guys are the ones that all teams can’t solve inside, not the Nets anymore. All teams can’t face these two one-on-one restrictions, since we can’t do anything about it, so forget it, we’re all the same. The company’s main goal is to provide the best possible solution to the problem. The other major opponents do not have such a lineman, the Warriors do not have such a person, the Sun’s Ayton almost rarely back-body single, but also temporarily do not have the ability, the Bucks Lopez is not back yet, in addition he is also mainly a battery role. So, in retrospect, Clarkston is a cover for this shortcoming of his in this era.
This point I think is his biggest value on the Nets – a defensive switch wizard. After seeing how Paul, Doncic, Curry, Morant and a host of other guards educate the opponent’s interior, you’ll know how important the ability to switch defenses inside is in this day and age. The regular season may be okay, but in the playoffs, if your team has a hole in the center switching defense, it will definitely be targeted infinitely. If the Bucks don’t have Clarkston, they are also going to be targeted, Aldridge, Griffin and Millsap are all huge holes in this problem, then you will say, I can’t use a small lineup, also OK, but the Bucks three bigs in addition to Durant, the other two are guards, also are not the defensive see. Theoretically the Nets are not very suitable for 5 small, he needs to have a can give Irving and Harden on the defensive end to fill the leak of such a lineman, fill the leak both to protect the frame, this is his role. The people who have watched the Clarkston game know that the average guard basically in a one-on-one situation generally can not get rid of him, either after the impact of the interior by his long arms and bouncing interference, or is the top of his shot was interfered with, so his role for the Nets is absolutely data can not be reflected. If you play in life yourself you can really appreciate how much you will love a player like Clarkston, who does not take possession of the ball, plays the game, can grab rebounds, can protect the rim, can inspire his teammates, anyway, I like him a lot.
Good compatibility with the Big Three. Currently Durant is not playing these games, Irving is not back yet, looking at Harden and Clarkston, how can you not think of Harden and Capela. Clarkston’s characteristics dictate that he can be very compatible with the Big Three’s style of play on the court. One is not to occupy the ball, the Big Three in Durant can always singles, Harden and Irving are guards, do not need others too much to occupy the ball; two is good athletic ability, the Big Three have good passing ability, Clarkston to do is to catch the ball directly face frame of the quick end, his athletic ability gives him a good finishing ability, if in the hand can go further on the better, in the free throw line he Needs to be more consistent performance; three is the aforementioned help on the defensive end to the Trojans.
When the final deciding time of the crucial game comes, the Bucks should have the following 5 people on the court: Harden, Durant, Irving, Joe Harris (Mills), and Clarkston. As a 2nd round 31st rounder, it would really be the greatest honor to end the game with a lineup like this standing together at the end. To add to that, the combination of the other 4 guys in this lineup is arguably one of the most talented in the league, with Durant as a top prospect, Irving as a first rounder, Harden as a scout, and either Joe Harris or Mills as the top shooting guard in the league.
At 22 years old, he still has a lot of possibilities and still needs more progress. Go Nicholas Claxton.
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