2020-21 Brooklyn Nets Preview: Road to Contention

After a year playing without Kevin Durant, the 2020-21 Brooklyn Nets are now set to play this season with him being available. For sure, all the Nets’ fans were now rejoicing as they will now be able to watch the former MVP play for their team wearing a black and white jersey for the first time.

The Nets management made some tweaks to revamped their roster this offseason. They got sharpshooter Landry Shamet from the Los Angeles Clippers in a three-team trade in exchange for their 19th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. They also traded Dzanan Musa and a 2021 second-round draft pick for Pistons’ guard Bruce Brown. On the free-agent market, they’ve signed versatile wingman Jeff Green for a one-year veteran’s minimum deal.

The highlight of the Nets’ offseason is the signing of NBA legend Steve Nash as their new head coach. His experiences and expertise will help this team improve even more.

The Trilogy of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Coach Steve Nash

The 2020-21 Brooklyn Nets might be their greatest lineup since the city got the franchise in 2012. Seems like they will be the fan-favorite to challenge the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers. The availability of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will greatly boost their chance to bring their very first title since the ABA-NBA merger.

Last year, the Nets’ front office didn’t hesitate to offer Kevin Durant a massive four-year/ $164,255,700 contract though he was still recovering that time from the Achilles injury he suffered in the 2019 NBA Finals. This shows that they really plan to contend for the next coming years.

Now that their two stars are now ready to play, expect that there will be some changes on their system — especially they have now their new head coach. We’ll eventually see what this team can do this coming season and what Hall of Famer Steve Nash can bring to the table.

Status Of Their Players

The 2020-21 Brooklyn Nets really looks frightening on paper. They have Kyrie Irving, one of the best ball handlers in the NBA today; and Kevin Durant, one of the greatest offensive players of all time. Though they look like an unstoppable team, a single injury will possibly break their chances to contend.

They need to maintain the status of their players, especially Kevin Durant. That Achilles injury he sustained is a career-threatening one. There are so many careers that were derailed by that injury. Expect also that he will take some time to configure himself and try to be back to his superstar form. There might be some slight changes to his playstyle.

Strengths and Setbacks

If this team stays healthy and active for this whole season, there’s a high chance that they can at least dominate the Eastern Conference. Their supporting casts were too deep that will be led by Spencer Dinwiddie. Three-pointers and defense might be their primary strength. They are stacked with sharpshooters and versatile defenders that can boost both sides of the floor.

We might see some setbacks from both of their stars as they are expected to have some load management this season. They need rest occasionally to preserve their body and keep themselves away from other possible injuries. This team just needs to keep this roster intact till the summer of 2021 and they’ll see greater heights for the city of Brooklyn.

Prediction Of  Their Season

Most of the fans were really high on this team. Analysts also have predictions of their season and according to some of them, they’ll be going to dominate the Eastern Conference with their offensive firepower and defense. Coach Steve Nash will be the main factor here if he can manage and coach this team very well. If he does well coaching, no doubt this team can compete with the powerhouse teams in the league today. Don’t be surprised if we see them raising the Larry O’Brien trophy and hanging their very first championship banner on the rafters of Barclays Center at the end of this season.

 

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