Meet Isaiah Whitehead, Milton Doyle, and James Webb III

The Nets are calling up Isaiah Whitehead, Milton Doyle, and James Webb III. Let's get to know them!.

There are only seven games left in the 2018 NBA regular season. The Nets have called up three people from their G-League affiliate, the Long Island Nets, and plan on seeing what they can do over these last few games. Kenny Atkinson said on the Nets official website that the group of three should “help our practices, help our spirit, [and] help our group”. There shouldn’t be too much expectation from any of these guys for the rest of this season. Instead, everyone is getting their last look of the season. In the meantime, it should be fun to just get to know these guys, figure out their G-league accomplishments, and see what they can do on the court when given a chance.

Isaiah Whitehead

Whitehead had a short but successful stint at Seton Hall. In his second year there he led the Big East in usage percentage, was second in points per game (18) and third in assists per game (5.1). He was also able to lead the Pirates to their first NCAA tournament appearance in over a decade. After Whitehead’s second year he declared for the draft and the Nets chose him with the 42nd overall pick. The Brooklyn Native has sparingly played in the league since his draft but got an extended look in the G-League this year. While there he averaged 22.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.6 assists, while shooting 45% from the field, 36% from three, and 84% from the free throw line. He also had highlight nights of 52 points and 39. Whitehead has shown that he is on the cusp of getting regular minutes somewhere. Expect him to be a large part of Brooklyn’s tank-a-palooza next year after Jeremy Lin gets bought out and D’Angelo Russell gets a “mysterious” injury at the end of next season.

Milton Doyle

Doyle graduated from Loyola Chicago after an impressive four-year career. While at Loyola Doyle earned Missouri Valley Conference newcomer and freshman of the year as well as first-team all-conference his senior year. He left the school top 10 in both points and assists. After going undrafted Doyle had a successful run with the Brooklyn’s Summer League team and ended up getting signed to the roster. After that he played in 45 games for the Long Island Nets and averaged 20.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. Doyle is the underdog of underdogs. His age, size, and position leave him somewhat in the void of the NBA. There are a lot of Milton Doyle’s and he will have to continue going above and beyond expectation to see his NBA dream fully realized. Right now, after being undrafted he has shown out in both the Summer League and G-League. Hopefully, Doyle can understand that another year in both of those leagues and his story might end up taking a similar path to Spencer Dinwiddie’s journey.

James Webb III

Webb played two years at Boise State. Both years there he led the Mountain Valley West conference in defensive rebound percentage. His freshman year he led the conference in true shooting percentage and offensive rating. His sophomore year he led the league in win shares per 40 minutes as well as total rebounds. Webb has always been an active guy around the glass who is also good at finishing at the rim. After 40 games in the G-league he ended with averages of 12.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.4 assists. Webb may already be nearing the end of his NBA journey. These next few games will be huge in determining whether or not the Nets will be the team to give him another chance next season or it'll be time to move on.

 

All three of these guys are fringe NBA players. Their opportunity is an exciting one because it will determine the very direction and course of the Brooklyn franchise. Finding viable NBA bodies that you can grow with is the main focus moving forward. If one of these guys can turn into the next Spencer Dinwiddie or Jeremy Lin than the franchise will be adding a seriously valuable asset on a small salary and without trading. There’s a chance that all three of these gentlemen never make their NBA dream a reality but watching them fight for their chance makes a lot of these losses worth it.  

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