In recent days, the Nets have been in the news only for their divorce from Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, of them of the best players in the league. But in parallel with this burning issue, the leaders must also think about the future, and they have decided to give a young Frenchman a chance!
France has established itself as the second nation in world basketball behind the United States, by sending more and more talented players to the NBA, and above all by chaining big performances in international competitions. During the last Olympic Games in Tokyo, Vincent Collet’s men even nearly knocked out Team USA in the final, which shows the progress of our French team!
And in a few years, if all the young talents are progressing and reaching their full potential, the gap should be even less impressive. With an interior like Victor Wembanyama, and nuggets like Ousmane Dieng or Moussa Diabaté, France could become as dominant on the Old Port as Spain in the heart of the 2000′ and 2010′ years.
Yves Pons in Brooklyn for the Summer League!
And to the list of young talents could be added Yves Pons, former star of the University of Tennessee, passed by the Grizzlies last season with a “two-way” contract. left free to make room for Victor Wembanyama’s great rival, the bouncing winger will be able to bounce back in Brooklyn, since he has just signed with the Nets for the Summer League. He will have a few games to prove himself!
Summer squad is set for Vegas ☀️ pic.twitter.com/43E6K8WYHB
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) July 1, 2022
Last season in the G League, the French averaged 9.4 points, 5 rebounds and 0.9 against, which is huge for his position, all at nearly 40% from 3 points, which could please many coaches. In a franchise that is sorely lacking in size, defense and athleticism, he could make a small place for himself with a good Summer League. The ball is in his court !
Yves Pons. That’s all. pic.twitter.com/2LeAqqk7jU
—Terry Lambert (@TLambertTN) November 17, 2019
Yves Pons was released by the Grizzlies, but his profile should appeal to Brooklyn, where he could to bring size and undeniable athletic qualities. And even if the Nets don’t keep him, a good Summer League could open doors for him elsewhere.