Why Nic Claxton Deserves More Recognition

Nic Claxton Deserves More Recognition
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The Brooklyn Nets had a rollercoaster 2023-24 season, ending with a disheartening 32-50 record. They started strong, boasting a 13-10 record against formidable opponents, but the wheels came off as the season progressed. Amidst this turmoil, Nic Claxton, their most critical free agent, managed to shine brightly.

Why Nic Claxton Deserves More Recognition

HoopsHype recently published their top-100 NBA players list, following the Boston Celtics’ triumphant win over the Dallas Mavericks, securing their 18th franchise championship. On this list, Claxton found himself ranked 82nd, just ahead of Golden State Warriors’ Jonathan Kuminga and trailing New York Knicks’ OG Anunoby.

Claxton’s placement might surprise some, but his stats paint a different picture. Averaging 11.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 2.1 blocks per game, Claxton shot an impressive 62.9% from the field, though his free-throw percentage lagged at 55.1%. According to, only four players, including Claxton, managed to average similar numbers this season. These players are the Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis, San Antonio Spurs’ Victor Wembanyama, and Minnesota Timberwolves’ Rudy Gobert—an elite group, indeed.

Adding another layer of intrigue, Claxton achieved these stats while earning a modest $9.6 million, ranking 164th in player salaries. Despite Brooklyn’s struggles, Claxton held steady in the rankings, maintaining his position as the 82nd-best player from the previous season.

Frank Urbina of HoopsHype noted Claxton’s value, especially as he heads into unrestricted free agency. Urbina stated, “Claxton is another player heading into unrestricted free agency whose future with his current team is up in the air. Wherever he does end up, that team will be acquiring a solid nightly double-double threat with some serious athleticism.”

Brooklyn’s season was a tale of what could have been, but Claxton’s performance was a beacon of consistency. His ranking sparks debate: Is he undervalued or right where he should be? With free agency on the horizon, Claxton’s future is a hot topic. His blend of rebounding prowess, defensive acumen, and reliable scoring makes him a coveted asset.

In the volatile world of the NBA, Claxton is poised to be a game-changer, and his next move could shift the balance of power. As they say, “When one door closes, another one opens.” For Claxton, that door might just lead to a brighter, more prominent stage. The Nets’ misfortune this season could very well be another team’s gain, as Claxton’s journey continues to unfold.

Sarah Thompson
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