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Milton Doyle finished this past season on a two-way contract with the Brooklyn Nets. He split time between Long Island (the G-League affiliate) and Brooklyn. Next year he has decided to play in Spain with UCAM Murcia.
“A couple of teams called, but they wanted me to make a decision quick,” Doyle told Amico Hoops. “I was trying to wait and see if I would get a guaranteed deal. I didn’t want to sign anything fast. Murcia was one of the best teams on the list. I liked the coaches.”
Who were some of the teams that called?
“A team in Turkey and a team in Italy, but they wanted me to make a decision fast,” Doyle said.
Doyle, 24, is a 6-foot-4 guard who went undrafted out of Loyola Chicago in 2017. He won’t be in the NBA next season, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of NBA interest.
“Yeah training-camp offers — the Warriors, the Nets wanted me to come back, and I think it was Atlanta, I think the Kings,” he said. “About eight teams altogether.”
Doyle played 45 games with the Long Island Nets in the G-League. He erupted for averages of 20.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game. He credits the environment and coaching staff for some of that success.
“It was great our team was more like a college feel,” he said. “Six or seven of us came in together. It was like a brotherhood. All the coaches were players’ coaches.”
His success on Long Island helped him land a two-way contract with the Nets on Dec. 18. Brooklyn wasn’t the only team; another club offered him a two-way contract as well.
“Brooklyn and Minnesota offered me a two-way,” he said. “I kinda weighed my decision, and (Brooklyn) was a better feel for me at the time.”
Doyle would become an NBA player appearing in 10 games for the Nets. The NBA was a different environment then he experienced in the G-League or college.
“It was crazy,” Doyle said. “It was different from preseason games. A different feeling.”
Being on a two-way contract carries new travel obligations. The NBA club can call-up its player on any given night.
“Traveling is a big thing to becoming a two-way player,” Doyle said. “The tough part about it is when you travel from the G-League team to the NBA team.”
Once the travel is complete, there’s also the game. Doyle learned a lot from his 10 games in the NBA last season.
“The biggest thing I learned is playing at you’re own pace,” he said. “They do what they want to do, and get to the spots they want to get to. Most younger guys are dictated by what the defense does. The older guys make the defense react to them.”
Overall, Doyle has nothing but praise for the Nets as an organization and a team that is trying to build a winning culture. He thinks they’re doing a great job.
“Everybody was like a big brother to me,” he said. “Everybody took me under their wing.”
Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, in his first tenure as an NBA head coach, is doing his part, according to Doyle.
“Great guy, great coach, energetic all the time,” Doyle said.
The same goes for Sean Marks, who is in his first tenure as an NBA general manager and the leader behind the culture.
“Sean is more laid back; he is a real cool guy,” he said. “Everybody in Brooklyn made it feel like home.”
Doyle also had high praise for the face of the franchise — guard D’Angelo Russell.
“He has the ability to be an All-Star,” Doyle said of Russell. “All the ability, all the tools to be an All-Star in this league.”
Doyle will celebrate his daughter’s third birthday on August 21, and the next day he will embark upon his journey in Spain.
“I’m looking forward to just going there and playing the same way I played in the G-League,” Doyle said. “And try to get back to the NBA and stick.”
Clearly, Doyle is the ultimate competitor and doesn’t give up until he meets his goals.
“Just because a situation doesn’t work or it doesn’t go the right way the first time … I overcome situations and meet my main goal,” he said.
His mother Lisa, a big supporter of his, will also miss him when he departs for Spain, and made sure to let him know.
“She told me, ‘I just hope you made sure I got some flights there,'” he said.