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22. Brooklyn Nets acquire Noah Clowney

Clowney was the 74th-ranked player coming out of high school in 2022, and nobody expected him to play just one season at the University of Alabama, but the 18-year-old shined for the Crimson Tide. He is listed at 6’10 and his versatility, length, and high basketball IQ helped his team become the number one overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. Clowney’s numbers do not leap off the screen, but his impact on winning did.

The teenager can guard multiple positions, including switching onto the perimeter. The Nets appear all-in on creating a versatile team that can mix the matchups. They are loaded with wings, and Noah Clowney could be a long-term starter at the four next to Nicolas Claxton that gives Brooklyn unlimited options defensively.

His role on offense would likely be as a screen-setter and roll man. He took 120 3-pointers during his lone season at Alabama but made just 28.3 percent of them. There is hope of developing his jumper, but it will take time.

Clowney could become a starter and play 30 minutes per game if he continues to improve. He may never be an All-Star, but getting a talented big man with versatility at 22 is fantastic value for the Nets.