Nets’ Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot keeps making strides
Part 12 of a series analyzing the Brooklyn Nets.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot has come a long way in the past few months, even further since the start of this now-suspended season.
The young wing — only the third Frenchman in Nets history — has been on a steady climb. He has gone from unemployed to unused reserve to having earned a place in the NBA — and a multiyear deal.
Now as the coronavirus pandemic deepens, Luwawu-Cabarrot is caught on the other side of the Atlantic from family and friends back home. Nets general manager Sean Marks talked to him about just that this week.
But before the pandemic suspended the season, Luwawu-Cabarrot made strides defensively and has taken steps toward being the Nets’ latest reclamation project, following Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris.
“They gave me that role and I embrace it: I love it. I love to go out there and compete and play super-hard,” Luwawu-Cabarrot said. “We want more than what we have right now. We’re hungry. We really, really want to compete and prove ourselves and prove a lot of things.”
Luwawu-Cabarrot has proven a lot of things individually, jump-starting his NBA career.
After going to training camp and preseason with rebuilding Cleveland, Luwawu-Cabarrot was waived on Oct. 15. After being a first-round pick in 2016, he had already played 171 NBA games for three different teams. But now he was out of work.
But eight days after being let go, Luwawu-Cabarrot signed a two-way deal with the Nets and headed to G-League Long Island, whose coach Shaun Fein had been his teammate years ago at Antibes in the French League.
Luwawu-Cabarrot worked hard on improving his poor 3-point shot and finally realizing his potential as a wing defender. That, plus perimeter injuries, got him a look in Brooklyn.
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