The New Jersey Nets have made some interesting NBA Development League moves in the past, but their latest call-up has done everything possible during his time in the D-League this season.
Andre Emmett will be signed by the Nets in the coming days, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Emmett originally entered the NBA as a second round pick of the Seattle SuperSonics in 2004, but has spent the majority of his career toiling overseas and in the D-League.
The 6-foot-5 wing has stood out all season for Paul Mokeski's Reno Bighorns this season, averaging 23.7 points, six rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting 53 percent from the field and 46 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Emmett doesn't have the most ridiculous upside considering he's already 29, but he does have a skill set that's made him turn quite a few heads this season.
I dropped the following intel regarding Emmett last week when taking a look at the top D-League prospects in terms of who's deserving of a 10-day contract from the Development League.
Andre Emmett, 29, Reno Bighorns
Season Summary: There's a random breakout performance each season in the D-League from someone that didn't initially seem to be considered an NBA candidate and, a bit surprisingly, this former second round pick of the Seattle SuperSonics earned that distinction this season. The 6-foot-5 wing is averaging 23.4 points and 5.8 rebounds while averaging nearly two steals per game.
Scout's Take: "There's no doubt that Emmett is too talented on the offensive end to continue playing in the D-League, but his skillset and size make it difficult to see his game transferring smoothly. He has a good motor and is always aggressive on the offensive end, but doesn't get after it as hard on defnese and sometimes struggles with selfishness."
Emmett will be the 24th D-League call-up of the season once it becomes official. The Nets called up Dennis Horner and Larry Owens from the D-League earlier this season and will have to release another player in order to stay at the 15-man roster limit.
There shouldn't be too much trouble filling Emmett's role in Reno as the Memphis Grizzlies assigned Josh Selby earlier Monday.
And, just for fun, obligatory 2004 College Slam Dunk Contest highlights:
(he hasn't shown that much athleticism recently)