Now 11-2 under coach P.J. Carlesimo, the Nets rode the hot hand of Joe Johnson (25 PTS, 5 AST, 3 REB) at the beginning and end of an excellent game. Brooklyn earns temporary NYC bragging rights and is now just one game back of the Knicks in the Atlantic Division.
As the season progresses, the NBA’s top teams begin to try to create some separation from the rest of the league. The Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs are doing just that in the Western Conference, while the Miami Heat and New York Knicks are attempting to do the same in the East.
Ayon started 24 games as a 26-year-old rookie and was shipped to Orlando in a sign-and-trade for Ryan Anderson this summer. That’s fairly incredible value for someone New Orleans plucked from a small Spanish club only 12 games into its ACB season.
So will Ayon’s leap become the archetype for signing post-draft eligible prospects abroad? Almost certainly not. Or at least not exactly.