Just 10 days after it was first reported that Kyle Casey ’14 would be joining the Brooklyn Nets’ Summer League team in Orlando, Fla., the four-time All-Ivy pick played his first moments of professional basketball.
Against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, Casey totaled nearly 18 minutes of playing time and made his presence felt on the defensive end. The forward notched four rebounds and a game-high three blocks during his time on the hardwood, collecting an assist and a steal as well. Casey managed to get one shot up, but the attempt didn’t fall, and the rookie finished the contest scoreless as the Thunder beat the Nets, 98-94.
Two days later, a decrease in Casey’s playing time was paired with a decrease in his production. While the big man collected his first NBA bucket against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, he tallied just two rebounds and two blocks, and for the third consecutive game, his team was on the losing side of the scoreboard.
With Wednesday’s 92-86 loss to Philadelphia, Brooklyn wrapped up its summer ball season, leaving the fate of Casey’s NBA future unknown.
Casey’s combined 28 minutes of playing time came after two straight games during which he did not leave the bench.
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