They should keep their eye on 31-year-old, shot-blocking power forward Serge Ibaka. Ibaka will be an unrestricted free agent in this upcoming free agency, which means it’s fair game to any team. While the Nets were one of the worst defensive teams last year, it only makes sense to offer him a contract. Adding Ibaka will definitely jump the Nets up a couple of spots in the rankings.
Career and Accolades
During Ibaka’s career so far, he has averaged a big 12.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, and blocking 2.1 shots per game. During his 10 year career so far, he has played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, and his most recent and current team, the Toronto Raptors.
Adding Ibaka to the roster will also add playoff and championship experience. Going to the playoffs multiple times and winning the Larry O’Brien trophy with the Raptors in the 2019 NBA season. Serge also was on the All-NBA Defensive first team three times and was led the league in blocks two different times in a season.
How Would Ibaka Fit in With the Nets?
One of the notable players Ibaka has played with throughout his career is Kevin Durant in Oklahoma City. So a little reunion between the two former teammates might be in consideration. Ibaka can put his elite shot-blocking and rebounding in the spotlight in Brooklyn, with Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan also on the roster, could make the Nets one of the premier inside defensive teams in the league.
Brooklyn Could Be A Perfect Fit for Ibaka
Ibaka could fit very well in Brooklyn considering that every center on the team are all defensive-minded big men. He could make the Nets very hard to score on in the paint. This could also be very big for young centers Nicolas Claxton and Jarrett Allen, adding another experienced big man could further both their development and growth.