Ahead of the NBA restart in Orlando, the Brooklyn Nets have confirmed the signing of Donta Hall. With the likes of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Nicolas Claxton, Wilson Chandler, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Taurean Prince all out for the remainder of the season, the Nets have a depleted roster for the NBA resumption.
As a result, one of the moves they have made is bringing in a versatile big in Hall, as a substitute player. In a move that shores up their front court.
Hall spent the majority of the 2019-20 season in the G League, with the Grand Rapids Drive. Where he averaged 15.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1.4 blocks, in 38 contests. On 66.2% shooting from the field.
The 22-year-old’s name is widespread on the G League season leaders lists. In terms of rebounding, he sat 2nd in offensive rebounds (157), 5th in defensive rebounds (246), and 3rd in total rebounds (403). His field goal percentage (66.9%) was good for the 5th-highest in the entire league, and his player efficiency rating was the 5th-best too (25.5).
Additionally, Hall sat in the top spot for offensive rating (134.1) and 4th in defensive rating (103.6). His stellar performances throughout the season earned him G League All-Rookie Team and All-NBA G League Second Team honors.
After Markieff Morris agreed on a buy-out with the Detroit Pistons, Hall was promoted to the Grand Rapid Drive’s parent team on February 22, on a 10-day contract. On March 3, he was signed to a second 10-day contract. However, the Pistons did not retain Hall beyond that. Making him an unrestricted free agent.
In that time, he featured in 4 NBA contests. With averages of 1.5 points and 3.8 rebounds, in 12 minutes per game.
With their current roster crisis, the Brooklyn Nets have snapped up Hall’s services on a rest-of-the-season deal.
Standing at 6-foot-9, the rookie is an undersized big. But like many in the modern NBA, that doesn’t stop his superiority within the paint. He hosts the ability to dominate the boards. Whether it be sweeping up on the defensive end or creating extra possessions on the offensive end.
His defensive presence in-and-around the rim is one of his main strengths. He’s a skilled shot-blocker, who has impressive lateral movement and is very mobile. That mobility allows him to run the floor well and quickly turn into an offensive threat in transition. His highlight-worthy alley-oop finishes and put-back dunks are really a joy to watch.
Hall is extremely efficient in his offensive production. Where he converts at a 72% rate from within 8-feet of the basket (216-300). Although, his outside game is practically non-existent.
Donta Hall is an elite G League player and has impressed many in his rookie season in the NBA’s minor league. His well-rounded production on the scoring, rebounding, and the defensive front has really steered a lot of attention in his direction.
Whether he’s an NBA player at the moment is debatable. At 22-years-old, he may need more time to polish his game. With the G League season wrapped up, and Brooklyn needing reinforcements, the Nets and Hall were a match made in heaven.
If he gets some game-time in Orlando, it will be a perfect opportunity for Hall to show that he belongs on the big stage.
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