When Andray Blatche signed with the Brooklyn Nets in mid July most people thought he was a mistake signing and that his head case and immature past will wonder onto the Barcley’s Center floor and into the Nets locker room. With Blatche getting into off court trouble back in August 2007 and June 2008, is it safe to say in the four years since he has learned his lesson?
With Andray playing back up center to Lopez and some back up power forward giving him a one year non- guaranteed deal sounds like a win-win for both Net fans alike and the Brooklyn front office.
And A win it has been since the Nets took him in, he has been working out hard at the PNY center and been in no trouble on or off the court. Andray has been playing very similar to his career year in A Washington Wizards uniform back in 2010-2011 when he put up 16.8 points per game and 8.2 Rebounds per game and 2.3 APG. also putting up A decent number of about one block per game and A steal A game as well.
In three Pre-season games this year Andray has been more then playing like A back up big. Putting up 17 PPG and 7.3 RPG and 1.3 APG and doing so while shooting A respectively 58% from the field and A modest 68% from the line all while only playing 22 MPG . Playing better than his career averages is nice to see. With 9.9 PPG and 5.4 RPG and 1.5 APG for his career average, it is encouraging to see him play with Max effort and giving it his all. This just might be the team Andray needs and with the veterans around to keep him in check lets hope he can continue his stellar play into the regular season.
Could this be the return of the Andray Blatche we saw in 2010-2011? One thing is for sure, so far he is no disappointment and I am liking to see him matured and that he is making this change in a Brooklyn Nets uniform.
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Written by Michael Smith