Nets big man looking to develop a new offensive weapon




MONTREAL — Nets coach Kenny Atkinson has a thing about developing his big men’s 3-point shot. First it was Al Horford. Then it was Brook Lopez. Is Kenneth Faried next?

After missing the first two preseason games with a sore left ankle, Faried finally made his Nets debut in Wednesday’s 118-91 loss to the Raptors. He might be debuting a newfound outside stroke as well, with both Faried and Atkinson confident he still has more in his game yet to unlock at the age of 28.

“I can shoot. I never wasn’t able to shoot,” Faried told The Post. He scored seven points Wednesday and was 0-for-1 from beyond the arc. “It was just the confidence of the coach, having that confidence of the coach to back you, like, ‘Hey, I believe in you, go ahead, go out there hit that shot, shoot that shot. It’s not a big deal if you miss it or make it because you’ve been putting in the time and the work.’ That’s why I love Kenny for that, respect him for that and I thank him for that.”

It won’t be the first time for Atkinson. In his last year as a Hawks assistant he helped Horford vault from a career-high 36 attempts from 3-point range in 2014-15 to 256. Then he unleashed Lopez as soon as Atkinson got to Brooklyn, taking a player who’d never taken more than 14 and creating a weapon who put up 387.

Granted, Faried isn’t either of those former All-Stars, as a player or a shooter. But that doesn’t mean he can’t add new pieces to his game. Or unveil pieces that’ve gone unnoticed while he’s spent his career rebounding.


“Look at Al Horford’s progression. He started taking three, and then 10, and one year we just said ‘screw it’ and we went up to [256],” Atkinson said. “I’m not saying [Faried is] Al Horford. But I’m saying that’s a little bit my mentality. We could keep him doing the same things he’s always done, or we can seek out some stuff that maybe had been hidden there. Do we want him taking seven 3s a game? Probably not.”

With just one game left in the preseason — Friday versus the Knicks — Atkinson sat Ed Davis against the Raptors to get a good, extended look at Faried.

“We need to see him in game action,” Atkinson said. “We need to get some information on him in game action, see where he is in understanding what he’s doing.”

And see how he fits into the new system, heavy with four-out one-in that should let Faried take advantage of agility, athleticism and speed impressive for a 6-foot-8 rebounder.

“Yeah, it’s a speed game now, and he’s fast,” Atkinson said. “It’s funny, when I first saw him when he first walked in the gym, I’m like, ‘Man, I thought he was a big kind of slower-type guy.’ Then when I saw him run, with the energy he plays with. Yes, I think for rolls to the rim he’s quick, running out on the break, kick-aheads.

“He can be effective in this type of offense. And he can make a corner 3. With his feet set, he can make a corner 3. To be confirmed.”

So far, Faried’s body of work has only confirmed him as a non-shooter. He missed his only attempt from behind the 3-point arc last season and is 2-for-20 for his career.

“I’m in the gym, just like everybody else. That’s all I’m saying. We’re going to see what I can do,” said Faried, who has insisted since his July arrival that he has more range than he’s shown or previously been allowed to show. He’s steadfastly maintained that all training camp, and is thankful that Atkinson is giving him a chance to show it.

“[It’s] not a secret weapon for me,” Faried said. “It’s just another part of my game that I’ve always had that coach Kenny has asked me to exploit more and show more.”

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