Ellenson, 22, averaged six points and 3.5 rebounds in stints with the Detroit Pistons (two games) and New York Knicks (17 games) during the 2018-19 season, shooting 41.1 percent from the field and 44.7 percent from three.
In Ellenson's three NBA seasons after being the No. 18 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, he's averaged just 4.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 9.7 minutes per game. He's shot 35.3 percent from three, though he's improved his percentage from deep in all three seasons.
His shooting gives him some potential to develop into a rotational stretch 4, though the fact that he's a Roc Nation client may have also contributed to his contract with the Nets:
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Nets agreed to a two-way deal with Henry Ellenson, source confirms. ESPN first. He’s repped by Roc Nation, which has clients Kyrie Irving, Caris LeVert and Wilson Chandler on the Nets. The No. 18 pick in the 2016 draft shot 44.7 percent from 3-point range in 19 games last season.
By signing a two-way contract, Ellenson can play both in the G-League and is eligible to be with the Nets for up to 45 days. That means he'll have a limited impact on Brooklyn this season, though if he impresses with the team, he could earn a long-term contract after this year.
At the moment, the Nets could utilize a number of players at power forward, including Taurean Prince, Rodions Kurucs, Wilson Chandler and Nicolas Claxton. Kevin Durant will likely play some 4 once he returns from a ruptured Achilles as well. And the Nets can play small given the bounty of talented wings and guards they have on the roster.
So if Ellenson sees the court for the Nets this season, it will likely be due to some injuries ahead of him. He could perhaps carve a role for himself in Brooklyn, but it will take a strong season in the G-League to prove his value going forward.