Player Type: Collaborative
Risk-Taking: 39% Above NBA Norms
Sympathetic: 37% Above NBA Norms
Open-Minded: 32% Above NBA Norms
Experiential Status: RSCI Top 50 Recruit
Projected Environment: Under .400 Team WL%
Projected Opportunity: Over 30 MPG
Projected Workload: 18 to 22 USG%
Hollis-Jefferson's measurable and observable traits are tailor-made for this season's Brooklyn Nets. His extreme comfort taking risks is exhibited time and again by his style of play - always teetering on the edge of control, while finding ways to make a positive impact. His ability to earn such leeway in the past most certainly comes from a genuine desire to connect with people. Hollis-Jefferson is both sympathetic to others as well as having the ultimate level of flexibility when it comes to trying new things. His ability to win friends and influence people creates internal champions for his success.
From a situation standpoint, all the factors appear to align for RHJ to carve out a major role for himself this year. Brooklyn is in the fledgling stages of a major transition period with a veritable open audition for players within its homogeneous mix of talent to stand out. It's often difficult for players to sustain a proactive approach in the face of adversity. But, Brooklyn has brought in a ton of players whose personalities and points in their careers lend themselves well to a play hard team dynamic - Trevor Booker, Greivis Vasquez and Jeremy Lin bring a measurable presence to the locker room. Justin Hamilton is a player who could surprise if/when Brook Lopez moves on to greener pastures.
Each of them comes into this year with varying levels of expectations in terms of on-court performance. For Hollis-Jefferson, having the status of a key developmental prospect, while being surrounded by people who are responsive to his style, is massively beneficial. Without the win-now pressure to maximize efficiency, Hollis-Jefferson should have the bandwidth necessary to push the boundaries of his game while garnering the support of his teammates. It may not always be pretty, but Jefferson's production should establish a new tier for his potential that wouldn't have been expedited in a more restrictive environment.