Nets' newest guard Landry Shamet discusses playing pickup with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving

Colin Martin
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Landry Shamet high five

During the NBA Draft on Wednesday night, the Nets traded away their No. 19 pick in a three-team deal to acquire shooting guard Landry Shamet from the Los Angeles Clippers.

The 23-year-old from Wichita State was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2018 NBA Draft with pick No. 26. Shamet showed is ability as a consistent shooter, and was a major piece in the Sixers' trade with the Clippers for Tobias Harris on Feb. 6, 2019.

Shamet now finds himself on his third team in three years, although, it shouldn't be difficult for the guard to get adjusted to Brooklyn after having worked out with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the offseason.

"Yeah, I mean I've been lucky this summer, actually it's funny, that's who I was primarily playing a lot of pickup with a bit at Mamba Sports Academy," Shamet said Friday during a Zoom call with reporters. "Over the offseason I've been able to play with those two guys, play against them, get to know them. I'm excited, I like how they both play. They both move, they want to set screens and play in space. They're unselfish, willing passers, they're smart.

"My wheels have been spinning on how I can get involved and how I can get shots, and how I'll be able to contribute as well. I'm just really excited. Obviously, I've been really lucky. I'm 23 years old, this is my third year in the league and I've played with some really really good players, and these two just add to that list."

Shamet played alongside two superstars in Los Angeles, as Kawhi Leonard and Paul George led the Clippers. He was asked if that experience will be helpful this season with the Nets.

"I think just adapting to various situations and different personnel, like you said, they're different players," Shamet said. "Kyrie and Kevin are very different from PG and Kawhi. I'd assume, obviously, we're going to play differently. It'll just depend on how coaches come in and what they want to do, how they want to implement guys. It's important to identify my job, my role, what I can do to help those two guys to make their jobs easier. And how I can be a threat, be a weapon."

For his career, Shamet has averaged 9.2 points per game on 40 percent shooting from three-point range. His playoff experience with the Clippers should help him contribute in a similar role on the Nets this season, as the team has championship expectations.