Jorge Gutierrez finished the 2013-2014 NBA season in a reserve role with the Brooklyn Nets this postseason, but started the year off in Canton with the Charge (for a second consecutive season) of the NBA D-League.
In 35 games, Gutierrez averaged 13.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 1.2 steals. The noted aggressive, and pesky defender received a Call-Up to Brooklyn at the beginning of March as a result of his impressive play during his second consecutive NBADL season.
Gutierrez has one of the best stories in the entire NBA, and to get to the point where he is now as both a player, and person is certainly noteworthy. Recently, his agent confirmed to DleagueDigest.com that Gutierrez “will play Summer League with the Nets, and play for his National team at the World’s if his schedule permits it.”
Gutierrez signed a multi-year deal with Brooklyn after a pair of 10-day contracts earlier this season. Gutierrez’s former head coach from his days at Findlay Prep, Mike Peck, is not shocked by the success of the 25-year old guard.
“He has the ability to impact the game in many areas…initiating the offense, distributing the ball, scoring, rebounding, defending multiple positions. I think he has, and will continue to improve his shooting moving forward. With Jorge, Brooklyn got a player that will come in everyday and work hard, compete, be a good teammate and handle his business like a true professional. He is a low to no maintenance guy. I couldn’t be happier or more proud of him. I have always believed he would be and definitely belonged on an NBA bench,” Peck said.
Peck is coming off his second season coaching in the NBA D-League where he was able to watch (albeit from a distance) Gutierrez develop even more as a player. Gutierrez’s rise via the NBA D-League continues to be one of the league’s best success stories, and it appears that it will be prolonged even more so this upcoming summer with news of Gutierrez participating in NBA Summer League.