In the 2019 offseason, the Brooklyn Nets signed two top 20 players – Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. We didn’t see them play completely last season as Kevin Durant was still recovering from the Achilles injury.
Now, the team is all set to make a run for a playoff spot and to contend for the championship.
Now, I’ll be tackling the Brooklyn Nets’ projected starting lineup. Just sit there and relax as I start diving in.
Kyrie Irving, Point Guard
This is a no-brainer, Kyrie Irving is their best option here for the point guard position. He is an elite ball-handler who can carry the ball with a great pace. He’s also a gifted passer and a threat from the three-point territory. His finishing ability is out of this world as he can drive inside the paint smoothly without having trouble.
Having this guy at the starting lineup will make the team in sync. His role is to make plays for the team and to slash the opponent’s defense. His handles and mobility will create open shots for his teammates.
He was bugged by injury last season, playing only 20 games before being ruled out for the remainder of the season. Despite playing a little bit number of games, he still filled his stat sheet with all-star numbers. He drops a career-high 27.4 points per game while dishing out 6.4 assists per game. If he makes this season an injury-free year, maybe we’ll see them on top of the Eastern Conference standings.
Caris LeVert, Shooting Guard
This coming season, the Brooklyn Nets are expected to make a splash and be a challenger for the championship. Caris LeVert seems like the guy they need to run the two-guard position. He’s one of the essential parts of their last year’s run averaging 18.7 points per game and 4.4 assists per game. The team will greatly benefit from him if he’ll be able to repeat his last year’s performance this season.
There was a rumor that spread on the internet last month. That was the Nets wanted Jrue Holiday for a package that starts with him and Jarett Allen. Later, Shams Charania broke the rumor telling that the team doesn’t want to include him in the deal. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving view him as a very significant part of this team. Also, giving up a haul of draft picks doesn’t interest general manager Sean Marks.
Joe Harris, Small Forward
Joe Harris recently inked a four-year/$75 million deal to return with the Brooklyn Nets. The team notices his talent that’s why he’s staying for four more years. His shooting is crucial to their system as he’s providing firepower from the distance with his high percentage three-pointers. His ability to defend multiple positions was also a huge factor in re-signing him. The team needs his defense as the Eastern Conference is now stacked with more talent.
This season, his abilities will be tested as so many skilled players moved to the East. If he will be able to copy or even surpass his performance last season, he’ll be a great 3-and-D wingman. It will help carry out some load away from their two stars, more importantly, Kevin Durant who just recently recovered from an Achilles injury.
Since his arrival in Brooklyn in 2016, he constantly improved his shooting. Last season, he recorded 14.5 points per game while shooting 55% from the field and 42% from behind the arc.
Kevin Durant, Power Forward
Kevin Durant is the main guy of this team and their championship contention lies on his shoulder. If he stays healthy and be able to retain his form, they will be the favorites to challenge the defending champions – Los Angeles Lakers. It would be great to see Durant and Kyrie Irving challenge LeBron James and Anthony Davis head to head.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving’s health are the Nets’ main concern here. Maybe, these two stars will be having some load management this season to give them some rest and to preserve their status active until the postseason comes. It would be better to lose some games than to lose them for some time or at worst, for a whole season.
The skills of the two-time MVP were never in doubt. When on his peak, he’ll give every opposing team a hard time guarding him as he’s so quick despite his size. His tremendous shooting ability will also be a problem for their opponents. He’s arguably one of the best offensive players in this generation. Take note of this, this guy never averages less than 20 points per game in a season.
Jarrett Allen, Center
Jarrett Allen is a young promising center. He’s a traditional big man who has a great defensive instinct and energy. He’ll give this team an inside presence that will intimidate the opposing scorers at the paint. Rebounding and inside scoring is not also a problem. He registered 11.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game last season.
This guy still needs to develop his outside shots or at least his perimeter shooting. He needs to keep up with those stretch big men of this era. If he adds this ability to his stock, things will get even better for the team.
Short Overview of the Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets are not yet a perfect team. They still need to resolve some problems, one being chemistry. This is a challenging task for the team’s new head coach Steve Nash. Still, this team is lucky to have these players on their roster. They just need to observe often the health of their two superstars as they are the important keys to give the city their first-ever NBA title.