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Yuta Watanabe was one of the highlights of the Brooklyn Nets’ 2022-23 NBA season. Despite averaging just 8.1 points per game, he’s a big reason the Nets are winning more games.

Prior to signing with the Nets, Watanabe spent two seasons as a reserve for the Toronto Raptors. He played just 11.7 minutes per game in 38 games last season. He mostly played during garbage time and was unable to take his game to the next level.

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In two seasons in Toronto, the Japanese forward averaged 4.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game. He made 42.5% of his shots from the field, including 37.3% from outside the arc.

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New team, a much improved Yuta Watanabe

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With the Nets this season, Yuta Watanabe has become a versatile player. Brooklyn also began to trust the undrafted forward in late game situations.

Watanabe is currently averaging 8.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. He’s doubled his scoring from last season and is shooting lights deep. So far, the Nets forward is shooting 60.9% from the field, including 57.1% from long range. That’s a huge increase from last season.

Against the Portland Trail Blazers, Watanabe scored 20 points and torched opposing teams downtown. He made five of his seven 3-point attempts. Due to his ability to shoot the long ball, he currently leads the NBA in 3-point percentage.

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12-time All-Star Kevin Durant was impressed with Watanabe’s production on the court.

“I’m excited for him. At this point I think we should expect him to go out there and play good basketball – he just plays a solid ball at both ends of the floor, but we expect that from him now.” Durant said.

Kevin Durant on Yuta Watanabe: “I’m excited for him. At this point, I think we should expect him to go out there and play good basketball – he just plays a solid ball at both ends of the court. But we expect that from him now.

Kevin Durant on Yuta Watanabe: “I’m excited for him. At this point, I think we should expect him to go out there and play good basketball – he just plays a solid ball at both ends of the court. But we expect that from him now.

Interestingly, the left tackle has become a more reliable player and an outside threat to the Nets. He is at the bottom of the team when it comes to usage rate with 13.6 but seventh in scoring. This makes him an underrated player that opposing teams tend to overlook.

While in Toronto, Yuta Watanabe’s usage rate was higher. He was 13th in usage rate with 16.8 and ninth in scoring.

The Nets found a gem in acquiring the Japanese forward this summer.

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