Nicolas Brussino has proven to the Dallas Mavericks that he is a great addition to this season’s roster. It only goes up from here for the young Argentinian.
The Dallas Mavericks recently finalized their roster down to the top 15 who took the floor this preseason, according to Coach Carlisle and the rest of the coaching staff. Most of the names present on the roster were expected, but a few made their case in the games leading up to the regular season.
One of which, who made his case very clearly any time he was in the game, was Argentina-native, Nicolas Brussino. Brussino, a recent participant in the 2016 Rio Olympics, finds himself on an NBA roster just months after a subpar performance for the Argentinian national team.
So what happened to turn this kid from a questionable project to a potential future star?
For starters, the olympic setting and NBA setting are very different. Even some NBA players who do great things in the league, struggle to find their groove at the olympic level. Clearly there is a drop off from the level of competition, but the different styles of play presented in other countries across the globe can take some getting used to.
Before the Olympics started, there was talk about a very young kid in Argentina that would be trying to make his name for the team this year. Obviously, Brussino did not reach that goal, but the fact that they were talking about him as a potential star should be a good sign for the Mavericks.
Brussino made his case a lot stronger once the NBA preseason rolled around. Most of those who were keeping up with the Mavs roster felt that Nicolas was on the outside looking in for a roster spot and would need to make a serious case in order for Dallas to consider him on the roster.
This clearly did not worry Brussino as he came out in the preseason to shock the team and give the coaching staff everything they needed to include him on the team. From his pure shooting stroke to his 6’7″ frame, the Argentina native showed Dallas exactly what he can offer.
There is still a whole lot of growing room for this 23 year old, and he definitely needs to put some weight on to prevent being pushed around every time he enters the game. But, with mentors like Rick Carlisle and Dirk Nowitzki, he could unlock his potential very soon.
I firmly believe that Nicolas Brussino is going to be a great NBA player in the near future. In a league that is constantly being overtaken by great shooters, Brussino is going to find his place and fit right in to the mix.