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Could any of the Nets be in the Rising Stars showcase next season?

The 2024 Panini Rising Stars game happened on Friday with Team Jalen beating Team Detlef in the Finals to win the entire competition. The showcase displayed some of the rising young talent that the NBA has to offer with the competition comprising of rookie, sophomores, and some G League players.

The Brooklyn Nets did not have any players in the showcase, but that is a representation of where the Nets are as an organization. There are no sophomores on the team and while there are three rookies, one of them, Dariq Whitehead, essentially did not play this season as he was rehabbing from his foot surgeries that he had this offseason.

Noah Clowney and Jalen Wilson have had varying levels of success this season with Wilson showing how much potential he has to be a contributor within Brooklyn’s rotation already while Clowney has shown how much he has left to develop. With that being said, here’s a look at which of these three players could be a rising star in the 2024-25 season:

Jalen Wilson

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Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Wilson was the 51st overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft and while he was considered the most ready of the three rookies to contribute at the NBA level, he showed more than just flashes of being ready for the league.

Wilson is averaging 5.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game while shooting 50.0% from the field and 52.4% from three-point range. Depending on what happens this offseason in terms of the Nets’ roster, Wilson could be in position for a more prominent role within Brooklyn’s rotation and could play his way into the Rising Stars showcase next season.

Noah Clowney

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David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Clowney has shown some signs of the potential that he came into the draft with in terms of his ability to play on the perimeter. His performance has been more pronounced at the G League level as he is still getting comfortable with the speed and physicality of the NBA game, but he seems to be willing to play on the interior.

Clowney has not played much this season outside of garbage time due to how many capable players the Nets have within the frontcourt. It seems that Brooklyn wants to play Clowney as a small-center, but he hasn’t been able to get many minutes because of the presence of Nic Claxton and Day’Ron Sharpe.

If Clowney’s perimeter shot can be more consistent, shooting 25% in seven NBA games, he could make enough of an impact on the offensive end to warrant more minutes. The hope is that Clowney gains enough muscle in the offseason to be able to hold up near the rim and be more of a presence in the interior.

Dariq Whitehead

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John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Whitehead is one of the harder players to project for the purpose of this article as he did not play much this season due to his recovery from the foot surgeries that he had this summer. He played just two games this season and eventually needed to get offseason surgery to address a stress reaction in his shin.

Whitehead came into the draft as a player who could have been picked inside the top-10 if it wasn’t for his injury concerns. That shows how talented he is, but this season also showed the other side of his evaluation if he isn’t able to remain healthy enough to show what he can do on the floor.

Story originally appeared on Nets Wire