The Brooklyn Nets have been using a two-center approach with Nic Claxton and Day’Ron Sharpe, and both played a big role in the team’s 114-113 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Claxton, the primary starter, had 4 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal, and a block in 28 minutes. Sharpe played 19 minutes and contributed 8 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
Head coach Jacque Vaughn praised the duo, calling them a “tag team” and emphasizing their high energy and effort. Both players are primarily rim protectors and rebounders. Claxton has been averaging 2.5 blocks per game, which would be the fourth-highest in the NBA. His athleticism and improved ball-handling and passing have made him an important part of the Nets’ transition offense.
Sharpe, in his third season, has seen his role expand and is averaging 15.9 minutes, 6.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks per game – all career highs. The Nets now have strong coverage at the center position for all 48 minutes, allowing Vaughn to keep both players fresh by interchanging them throughout the game.
Both Claxton and Sharpe have been central to the team’s defensive turnaround. The Nets’ defense has improved significantly, with a defensive rating of 111.3 in their last six games, making it the eighth-best in the league. This is a marked improvement from their 116.4 defensive rating in November and 118.0 in October.
Vaughn attributed the team’s defensive growth to a collective effort and emphasized their ability to play without fouling and help each other on defense. The Nets’ latest win over the Hawks showcased a strong defensive showing, holding the third-ranked offensive team in the league to 113 points.
The Nets’ two-center approach has proven to be effective, providing them with a solid defensive presence and strong coverage at the center position. Both Claxton and Sharpe have contributed significantly to the team’s success, and their growth and consistency have been key factors in the Nets’ defensive improvement.
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