The Brooklyn Nets are the perfect example of just how hard the NBA is when you don’t have any superstars. They made a lot of bad decisions a couple of years ago, but have since tried to right the ship through rebuilding. Only problem? No assets and no draft picks. It’s pretty hard to rebuild when that is the case and that’s what we have here.
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Brooklyn finished 28-54 last season, but they played a lot tougher than that. A good measure to look at is their against the spread record. This is how they performed against the Vegas betting lines’ expectations of them. The Nets had the fourth best record against the spread at 47-34-1. They played hard every night and even surprised some teams. Unfortunately, it’s hard to see them building off of that and doing better this year.
There just isn’t anything here to make you think that some big improvement is coming this season. Allen Crabbe is a nice piece, DeMarre Carroll is a nice piece, Jared Dudley is a nice piece. They have a lot of nice pieces, but they don’t have any stars. This team is actually in a great position to get someone… next year. This year? Not so much.
They will have some interesting decisions to make this year and they could definitely get some assets if they play their cards right. Carroll, Ed Davis, Kenneth Faried and Jared Dudley are all on expiring contracts and those are exactly the kind of veteran players that can help a contender come playoff time. If all four of those guys end the season on this team I would be very, very surprised.
The team is not without interest though. Top pick, 29th in the draft, Dzanan Musa is a very interesting piece. Only 19, he shot 31% from three and 47% from the field in the Croatian League. He averaged 12 points per game and won the EuroCup Rising Star Trophy and the ABA League’s Top Prospect award while also being an All-ABA selection. At only 19, the team will likely bring him along slowly but after the sell-off I could see him getting some run late in the year.
We list Allen Crabbe as the starter, but by the end of the year I think Caris LeVert will take that spot. He averaged 12.1 points and 4.2 assists in just 26 minutes per game last season and I could see him taking that starting job before season’s end. A good argument could be made for Joe Harris taking that spot as well since he’s one of the best 3-and-D wings in the game.
It will also be interesting to see what D’Angelo Russell does this season as he’s supposedly in the best shape of his career after an off-season of working on his game. and this is also a contract year for him. A big year could get him paid in a big way and at just 22 years old, he’s a pretty strong bet for that to happen.
This is probably the toughest win total I’ve done yet this offseason. Coach Kenny Atkinson has done well and gotten a lot of his team over the past couple of seasons. They play hard and play smart, if Russell is able to make the leap they could have something here.
I just don’t see it though. There are too many veterans that this team can move and/or players who will want to be released come buy-out season. I like Hollis-Jefferson, Russell, LeVert, Harris and Jarret Allen. I’m really interested to see what they do next offseason and at the deadline. I’m just not sure I see them winning more than 31 games this year.
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