Georgia Tech Alumnus Jarrett Jack and Thaddeus Young are going to have to bring their “A” games if they expect to help the No.8 seeded Brooklyn Nets find a way to get past the No.1 seed in the East in the Atlanta Hawks.
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Thaddeus Young was brought to BK in a trade that sent veteran Kevin Garnett to Minnesota so that Brooklyn would have a little more of a scoring threat and athleticism from the power forward spot.
Young has been able to fit in pretty nicely with the Nets since the trade.
Young is dropping 13.8 points and 5.9 rebounds on the ledger this season with no drop off in production since arriving in Brooklyn.
He has added an outside shot to his repertoire hitting 38% of three-point attempts this season and according to BK head coach Lionel Hollins, Young is a better fit for the style of point guard Deron Williams.
The Nets can play faster with Young on the floor instead of the departed Kevin Garnett because Young can hit from deep and he creates space on the floor.
Thaddeus Young will be participating in his first playoff series since being a member of the Philadelphia 76ers playoff team in the 2011-12 season.
Young will force a player like Paul Milsap to have to defend on the perimeter which will create space for Nets’ center Brook Lopez to operate down low against Al Horford.
If the Nets are going to have any chance of advancing past Atlanta, which is slim to none, Young is going to have to have a monster series.
Jarrett Jack is going to have to come up big as well in this series. He is going to be participating in his first playoff series since he played in 12 playoff games for the Golden State Warriors back in 2012-13.
That playoff run he averaged 17.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists which was a big reason that Jack was able to sign a nice deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers that offseason before being traded to Brooklyn.
Nov 3, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack (0) advances the ball during the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Barclays Center. Brooklyn Nets won 116-85. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
If the Nets are going to make any noise in this series they are going to need the Golden State playoff version of Jack to show up.
Jack has averaged 12 points per contest against Atlanta on 41.7% shooting from the floor.
He has been the more steady backcourt player out of himself and Deron Williams this season and even took over the starting point guard duty from Williams for a portion of the season.
Jack has a tough job ahead of him facing the Hawks which is trying to slow down the point guards Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroeder.
Jack has not been the deep threat that he has been in past seasons this year.
This year he shot his lowest three-point percentage (26.7%) since his rookie year in Portland (26.3%).
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Jack is a solid guard but he is going to need to be on top of his game if the Nets are going to pull off the major first round upset over the Atlanta Hawks.
Both players are veteran and will not be afraid of the challenge, but reality says that this series is going to be a four game sweep in favor of the Atlanta Hawks.
Jack and Young are solid, but the Nets as a whole should not be an issue for the ATL.