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Nets’ Bembry ‘Just Not Giving a S*’ & It’s Paying Off

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There has been a huge increase in the NBA’s average length of games this year, but Nets guard Jeremy Lin doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, he is reaping the benefits as his team heads into postseason competition.

The “nuthin but net” is a phrase that has been used as an insult, but it’s also paying off for Nets’ Bembry. In the last two games, he has scored 31 points and has been a key contributor to his team’s success.

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Brooklyn Nets winger Getty DeAndre’ Bembry dribbles away from Raul Neto of the Washington Wizards.

What a fantastic statement, and one that could well characterize Brooklyn Nets winger DeAndre’ Bembry’s present mentality. Bembry has been more effective on the floor than he has ever been in his eight games with the squad. There’s a simple reason for it, as well as his general progress since joining the league, according to teammate Paul Millsap.

Millsap told the New York Daily News, “He’s simply not giving a s***.” “He’s just going about his business.” He is unconcerned about anything. He’s out there having a good time. He’s out there competing, and his abilities and aptitude are showing themselves.”

It wasn’t always like this.

Millsap was a Bembry’s veteran during his early days with the Atlanta Hawks, when minutes were short for the Saint Joe’s product and his transition to the NBA was difficult. He was also suffering with the loss of his brother, who had been shot and died only one week before the Hawks picked him in 2016.

He’s discovered his place now, and he’s broken free from the mental restraints that held him back in the past.


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“I was overthinking everything,” Bembry said of his early troubles to the Daily News. “My thoughts were scattered all over the place.” In 2021, the 27-year-old is completely in accord with Millsap’s evaluation of his development as a player.

Bembry stated, “It’s strange [Millsap] would claim I don’t give a s***.” “He is correct. “I don’t think so.”

Bembry’s approach has certainly paid off. He’s earned a reputation as a low-maintenance player who can contribute on both ends of the floor, defend various positions, and finish with the best of them in transition. And he’s been everything he said he’d be in Brooklyn.

According to the Daily News, opponents shot only 23.3 percent when Bembry was the closest defender, compared to a 40.9 percent average after seven games.

He’s also putting up some outstanding offensive numbers. Since the 2017-18 season, when he made 36.7 percent of his triples, Bembry hadn’t showed much promise as a deep threat. Although it’s a tiny sample size, he’s shooting 50% from beyond the arc thus far this season.

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Bembry on Nash

During a game against the Detroit Pistons on October 31, Brooklyn came up short. Bembry, on the other hand, was the catalyst for a second-quarter surge that placed the game firmly in the Nets’ hands. He scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and added seven rebounds and two steals in 24 minutes of action.

After the game, Nets coach Steve Nash praised Bembry and all he’s contributed to the team.

“He contributes stuff to the offensive end with his speed, athleticism, tempo of play, and willingness to sacrifice with cuts and screens, even though he’s not profiled as an offensive guy,” Nash said. “After that, we’ve seen a penchant for completing.” I’m really proud of him and the competitive mentality he brings to the game. He gets his hands on a lot of balls out there, which makes playing against him tough, and he was outstanding.”

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