Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot – NOT the Song
Are you a fan of TLC’s music? If you answered yes, then chances are, you like the song ‘No Scrubs’. But, we’re not talking about TLC. We’re talking about Brooklyn Nets guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. He has a name that many cannot pronounce or spell, so Ian Eagle and the Nets fanbase settle for calling him TLC.
TLC has proven himself to be a reliable option on the Nets over the past couple of years. The only issue has been finding consistent opportunities for him to see the floor. There’s one thing we know for absolute certain. TLC is no scrub.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot – Forced into Action
Nobody truly expected Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot to make a significant impact on the Brooklyn Nets last year. During his years with the Thunder, Bulls, and 76ers, he rarely got into the game, his minute totals lurking in the teens. He was never going to be a key rotational player on a winning team.
But, with the Nets extremely shorthanded in the bubble, TLC was going to be joining the rotation. He had a 21-point performance against the Hornets a few weeks before the NBA shutdown. He made four threes, and hit seven of 12 shots in that one. That was the first time he had scored 20 points in BK.
And then when the bubble hit, he was a man possessed. TLC scored 20+ points on four occasions, proving to be one of the most lethal shooters in the NBA. He knew that when the 2020-21 year started, he would have to fight incredibly hard just to be a part of the rotation. So, there was nothing to lose.
TLC posted 26 points and seven rebounds in game one against Toronto last year during the first round of the playoffs. The team got crushed, but he played a fantastic game. Doing it on the bigger stage proved that his strong performance was no fluke.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot – Golden Opportunity For 2020-21
Despite not being in the revamped Brooklyn Nets’ rotation to open the season, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot has already found himself in the starting lineup five games in. Spencer Dinwiddie had the starting SG spot locked up, but he tore his ACL last week, so his season came to an early end. The spot next to Kyrie in the backcourt was given to TLC.
He wasted no time making an impact, as he made his first start of the season against Charlotte on Dec. 28. In the absence of Durant and Irving, he posted a great line. He wound up with 21 points (7-17 FG) and six rebounds in 39 minutes of action. He had only played 18 total minutes in the first three games.
Playing on a team expected to lose is one thing. But being a part of a team with NBA championship expectations is a whole other. The shooting ability of TLC is going to help make the Nets the dangerous team they hope to be. He and Joe Harris can band together and become a dynamic shooting duo.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot – Why Didn’t Other Teams Give Him a Chance?
TLC appeared in 121 games while playing for the 76ers from 2016-18. He shot 32% from three, averaging just over six points per game. and the following year, he got rare opportunities as he split the year between OKC and Chicago.
His path to the Nets became clear after the Cleveland Cavaliers cut him following a strong preseason showing in 2019. It’s very surprising that none of these teams gave him the big chance to take big minutes. He has proven them all wrong with his efforts in Brooklyn.
He would have been a perfect fit for this year’s Cavs. Instead, he’s a complementary piece for Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot – Looking to Keep It Rolling
TLC scored 11 points on 4-4 FG while playing the entire fourth quarter for the Nets a few games back. And the starting gig is his to lose.
Look for Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot to take this job and run with it. As long as he stays healthy, he’ll be the Brooklyn Nets starting SG for the foreseeable future.