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“He is the best shooter in the world right now” — Kyrie Irving has high praise for Yuta Watanabe

Yuta Watanabe is quickly turning into one of the best impact players in the NBA, and Kyrie Irving is loving it.
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving and Brooklyn Nets forward Yuta Watanabe

Kyrie Irving and Yuta Watanabe

Yuta Watanabe is fast growing to be one of the top discussion topics in the NBA, as the small forward has been shooting immensely well for the Brooklyn Nets this season. He is being used as a rotational player, but the impact that Watanabe has had on the team during trying times has been incredible -- he has been highly productive from beyond the arc this season.

Yuta has good athleticism, and his shooting range has significantly improved this season. He can command authority inside the paint with his strong build and decent height, but Watanabe can also come in handy by either dishing out an extra pass or simply shooting from downtown.

The Nets' shooting phenom

The Nets have a loaded roster with many big names involved, but it is something special when your role player can give the franchise that extra kick to fight for a win. 

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Yuta received a standing ovation from the Nets' fans after a wonderful performance at home against the Grizzlies, wherein he ended with 16 points and 4-6 from beyond the arc. He had previously showcased his shooting abilities against the Trailblazers and the Lakers, earning much respect from the roster and management.

Kyrie Irving was all praise for Yuta after a journalist asked about his thoughts on Watanabe, to which he said with ease that the stats spoke for themselves and “he is the best shooter in the world right now.” 

You can seemingly draw some parallels with some of the best shooters from beyond the arc, especially Ray Allen, who has had many clutch plays to his name over his NBA career, the highlight of them being his tying 3-pointer against the Spurs in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals.

Consistency is the key

Irving was sidelined due to the sanctions put up on him, so the Nets had to play without their playmaker, and that left Durant to do everything by himself. That opened the door for Yuta and he didn't let the opportunity go to waste.

Watanabe has been linking well with Durant, aiding him in the final third of the plays and making some important buckets for when the Nets needed them the most. Watanabe is turning out to be a great deal for the Nets, as they went looking for scraps before the start of the season but instead found a real, impactful player in Yuta. 

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