First-round pick Rondae Hollis-Jefferson told Sports Illustrated he believes he can fill a leadership void left by the release of Deron Williams.
"You got to show that you can be out there, show that you can do those things [to help the team win]," Hollis-Jefferson said. "If you show those things, no matter who you are, no matter how old you are, people follow good things. On top of that, I got a good smile. and I got a good personality ... I'm willing to do what it takes to help, make it easier for everybody. So it should be a smooth transition, I believe."
I love this kid. He is so confident and has such a magnetic personality, and it's a breath of fresh air on a Brooklyn team that has lacked character in the last few seasons. I know the Nets traded Mason Plumlee to get RHJ, and I was a big Plumlee fan. I think he'll do very well for himself in Portland. But it just feels like Hollis-Jefferson can be the next big star in the city. He has a long way to go and a lot to prove, but it certainly seems like he's up to that challenge.