Buffalo alum CJ Massinburg signed with the Brooklyn Nets for the summer league on Friday evening, meaning that the Texas native will be staying in the Empire State for the time being. The Nets are playing in the “MGM Resorts NBA Summer League”. The Nets will play Massinburg’s hometown team the Dallas Mavericks, the Croatian National Team, the Washington Wizards, and the Orlando Magic.
The Nets already have several secondary ball handlers on the roster with Joe Harris, Caris Levert, Dzanan Musa, and Treveon Graham currently under contract. Harris was the 3-point champion at this year’s NBA All Star festivities, but the Nets were middle of the pack overall last season shooting 35.3% from 3 last season, good for 15th in the league. Perimeter shooting is Massinburg’s most NBA ready skill and while there is room for improvement in Brooklyn there’s not a clear path to a roster spot for Massinburg who likely won’t move the needle in terms of playmaking or athleticism at the next level. Similar to Nick Perkins, Massinburg will look to take the summer league by storm in hopes of landing a two way contract with the Nets or impressing a more perimeter needy team.
The Scouting Report:
CJ Massinburg is an NBA ready perimeter shooter that won’t wow with athleticism, but is a crafty playmaker. Despite not having outstanding measurables, Massinburg is an outstanding rebounder as a guard, and a solid defender. Massinburg could be a good role player in the NBA, knocking down perimeter shots, grabbing rebounds, and playing solid defense without ever trying to do too much. By all accounts Massinburg is also a great individual and would be a good addition to any locker room in the NBA.