New York City Nets forward Rondai Hollis Jefferson (7) scores a basket against Florida Gators guard Oden Hill (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Orlando, Florida, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2021.
(AP Photo/Brandon Wade)The New Jersey Nets are one of the hottest properties in the NBA, thanks to Rondabe Hollis and the rest of the young core of the team.
The Nets are on pace to be the NBA’s most valuable franchise in 2020-21, according to Forbes.
But they still haven’t won a championship since the 2009-10 season, which ended in a double-overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Now, that could change.
According to USA Today’s Chris Herring, Hollis will be back in the Nets’ starting lineup in 2021-22.
That means that the Nets are set to return a core of three All-Stars and a number of high-end draft picks to Brooklyn for the 2021-20 season.
Hollis, who is currently in his first year as a pro, is currently averaging 13.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
He also has become a great locker room presence for the team, and he’s become an integral part of the Nets offense as well.
Hollais’ return is an immediate upgrade for Brooklyn, which was in the midst of a losing streak before winning back-to-back games for the first time since March 9-10.
This team has lost its last five games and has been without its leading scorer in Jahlil Okafor for the last month.
Holls will also be an excellent mentor to the Nets, as he is already a major part of what the team has been trying to build on the court.
He’s already an invaluable member of the staff, and it’s likely that the team will continue to build around him in the future.
In his new role, Hollas is expected to provide a much-needed boost for the Nets in the post-All-Star break period.
Hollis has averaged 11.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in the past two seasons, and has helped the team to a 14-5 record in that span.
The Nets have also been able to win games with the help of Hollis’ ability to finish.
In 2020-19, Holles averaged 13.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, while he shot 45.3 percent from the field and 52.4 percent from beyond the arc.
It’s clear that he has been a huge contributor to the team’s success.
Hllis averaged 6.2 assists per contest in the 2016-17 season, and had a team-high 11 steals.
It was a strong season for the big man, who was named to the All-NBA first team.
He was a force on the defensive end of the floor, and his ability to create space for teammates made him an excellent defender.
With Hollis back in Brooklyn, the Nets will be able to bring in an even more potent offensive player.
Okafore is expected be back to contribute at a much higher level, and the Nets could utilize Hollis as a defensive presence in the paint.
He’s averaging 11.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per night in 2020.
He can also contribute offensively, as his shooting has improved this season, as well as his offensive rating (points per 100 possessions) has improved.
He should be able provide a spark to the offense as the Nets continue to grow.
If the Nets do add Hollis, it could be a major boost for Brooklyn’s chances of winning a championship.
They’re currently tied with the Indiana Pacers for the fourth-best record in the league, but the Nets can still make the playoffs.
They need to be a bit more consistent and win games against teams that will make a run for a playoff spot.