• Kenny Atkinson does not have a timetable as to when recently acquired center Jahlil Okafor and guard Nik Stauskas will get into game action.

    The Nets want both players to get acclimated to their systems before playing, and at the same time probably want their existing players to get a flavor for what Okafor and Stauskas bring to the table. “We have a ton of plays, a defensive system. We want to put both those guys in a position to succeed, a position to help the team. I can’t give you an exact date.” Stauskas will have a hard time standing out in a deep wing rotation while Okafor is an adequate guy to add as an end-of-roster option in standard leagues. His weaknesses are well publicized and we’re talking top-125 upside here, so he is by no means a must-add player.

    The team used a Sunday workout and a practice on Monday to get to know the duo who was acquired last Thursday in a trade with Philadelphia. “This isn’t CYO, where you show up at 4 o’clock and you meet your teammates and you just throw them out there,” Atkinson said. “We have a ton of plays, a defensive system. We want to put both those guys in a position to succeed, a position to help the team. I can’t give you an exact date.” We expected the Nets to slowly integrate Okafor and owners should definitely take a flier on him but don’t expect Atkinson to give him more than 15 to 20 minutes as the Nets want to focus on developing Jarrett Allen as well.
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