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Eastern Atlantic Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
37-16 6-4 L1
34-18 8-2 L1
32-20 5-5 W1
29-26 4-6 W1
25-30 5-5 W2

2022 Stats

STATS MPG
Minutes Per Game
PPG
Points Per Game
FG%
Field Goal Percentage
RPG
Rebounds Per Game
APG
Assists Per Game
Regular Season 18.5 6.7 52.2 2.7 0.8

Top Yuta Watanabe News

  • Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Shoots poorly against Celtics

    Watanabe closed Wednesday's 139-96 loss to the Celtics with six points (1-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), one rebound, one assist and one steal in 19 minutes.

    Watanabe carried a probable tag into Wednesday's game due to a minor back issue but still came close to his usual workload in what was ultimately a blowout. He's been red hot from the field this season and entered Wednesday's game shooting at a 53 percent clip, so he'll be looking to get back on track versus the Wizards on Saturday.

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  • Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Will be available Wednesday

    Watanabe (back) is available for Wednesday's contest against the Celtics, Chris Milholen of NetsDaily.com reports.

    As expected, Watanabe will be available despite initially being listed as probable with back tightness. With Kevin Durant (knee), Ben Simmons (knee) and T.J. Warren (lower leg) all out, the fifth-year forward should see an increased role off the bench. Over his past four appearances, Watanabe has averaged 10.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in 21.8 minutes per game.

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  • Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Probable despite back tightness

    Watanabe is probable for Wednesday's game against Boston due to back tightness, Meghan Triplett of GrindCityMedia.com reports.

    Watanabe lands on the injury report with a back issue, but it doesn't appear like he's in danger of sitting out Wednesday's game. The fifth-year forward has appeared in 23 straight contests and is averaging 10.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 21.8 minutes over his last four appearances.

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  • Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Perfect from perimeter

    Watanabe posted nine points (3-4 FG, 3-3 3Pt), two rebounds and two assists across 17 minutes during Saturday's 122-115 win over the Knicks.

    Watanabe shot a perfect 3-of-3 from the perimeter, continuing what has been a breakout season. Although his role remains sketchy, at best, Watanabe is proving to be one of the best three-point marksmen in the league, at least from an efficiency standpoint at 52.4 percent for the season. While his role does not warrant long-term attention in standard formats, he can be utilized for streaming purposes, if you catch him on the right night.

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  • Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Contract guaranteed for 2022-23

    The Nets guaranteed Watanabe's contract for the rest of the season Friday, Michael Scotto of USA Today reports.

    Watanabe has become an important rotation player for the Nets, so his contract being guaranteed was expected. The 28-year-old forward is averaging 7.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in 18.7 minutes across 25 games this season. Watanabe's most valuable asset is his three-point accuracy, as he is shooting 51.4 percent on 2.9 attempts per contest.

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  • Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Good to go against Milwaukee

    Watanabe (hamstring) is available to play in Friday's game versus the Bucks.

    Watanabe has been upgraded from questionable to available Friday with right hamstring tightness. The 28-year-old forward has averaged 8.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 21.8 minutes across his last five games.

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  • Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Questionable Friday

    Watanabe is questionable for Friday's game against the Bucks due to right hamstring tightness, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.

    Watanabe is questionable Friday after appearing in all of the Nets' last five games. Royce O'Neale and Seth Curry are candidates to see extended minutes in his potential absence.

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  • Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Gets 21 minutes in return

    Watanabe (hamstring) finished with 10 points (4-10 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes Saturday in the Nets' 136-133 win over the Pacers.

    Brooklyn had only nine players available for the second half of a back-to-back set, so Watanabe ended up getting a solid amount of run off the bench even though a hamstring injury had sidelined him for the previous 10 contests. Before the injury surfaced, Watanabe had been a pleasant surprise for Brooklyn mostly because of his elite shooting; he's converting at a 58.2 percent clip from the field and 53.2 percent rate from three-point range through 15 appearances. Brooklyn is expected to get all of its missing rotation players from Saturday back for Monday's game in Washington with the exception of Royce O'Neale (personal), so Watanabe could see his playing time get cut down to some degree.

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  • Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Clear of injury report

    Watanabe (hamstring) isn't listed on the injury report ahead of Saturday's game versus the Pacers, Ian Begley of SportsNet New York reports.

    Watanabe was scheduled to make his return to the floor Saturday and will do just that. He could be in for as much of a workload as he can handle, with most of the team's regulars getting the day off.

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  • Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Set to return Saturday

    Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said Watanabe (hamstring) "is on track" to play Saturday against the Pacers, Chris Milholen of NetsDaily.com reports.

    Watanabe is out for Friday's game against the Hawks but expected to play Saturday against Indiana. The 28-year-old forward has been out since Nov. 20, so he'll likely be limited in his return to action.

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  • Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Ruled out Friday

    Watanabe (hamstring) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Hawks, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.

    Watanabe recently resumed 3-on-3 work and hoped to return to action Friday or Saturday, but he'll be unavailable for at least one more game due to his strained right hamstring. Whether he'll be able to return Saturday against the Pacers remains to be seen.

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  • Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Could return Friday or Saturday

    Watanabe (hamstring) is taking part in 3-on-3 work and is hopeful to play Friday against the Hawks or Saturday against the Pacers, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com reports.

    The forward hasn't played since Nov. 20 but is on the verge of a return. When available, he's been a stable force for Brooklyn, mainly due to his career-best efficiency from the field (60.9 percent) and three-point range (57.1 percent). Expect him to be eased back into the rotation when he's cleared to play.

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  • Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Will be re-evaluated in one week

    Watanabe will continue to receive treatment on his right hamstring as an MRI confirmed that it was a strain, and he will be reassessed in a week, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.

    Watanabe will miss his sixth straight game Wednesday and will be out for at least another week due to his hamstring injury. With Ben Simmons (knee) also out, Joe Harris, Edmond Sumner and Markieff Morris are in line for extended minutes. Watanabe is averaging 8.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 18.2 minutes across 14 games this season.

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  • Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Out Wednesday

    Watanabe (hamstring) is out Wednesday against the Wizards, Christian Arnold of the Associated Press reports.

    Watanabe is out for a sixth straight game. Ben Simmons (knee) is out as well. More minutes could be in store for Joe Harris, Edmond Sumner, Markieff Morris and others.

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  • Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Remains sidelined

    Watanabe (hamstring) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Magic, Chris Milholen of NetsDaily.com reports.

    Watanabe will be unavailable for a fifth consecutive game due to a right hamstring strain. His next chance to suit up will be Wednesday against Washington.

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  • Nets' Yuta Watanabe: Out Sunday

    Watanabe (hamstring) is out Sunday against the Trail Blazers

    Watanabe is day-to-day with a strained right hamstring. Brooklyn next plays Monday against the Magic.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-8, 215 lbs
Birthplace: Miki, Japan
Age: 28
School: George Wash.
Experience: 4