Brooklyn Nets: NBA 2014-15 Season Preview, Prediction, Outlook
2014 NBA Season
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The Brooklyn Nets experiment of throwing millions of dollars at veterans in hopes of winning an NBA title resulted in a loss in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Now, the Nets enter year two of the experiment with nearly the same team and a different head coach. Will things be any different?
Here is your 2014 Brooklyn Nets NBA preview.
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Key Additions: Jarrett Jack, Brook Lopez (returns from injury)
Key Losses: Paul Pierce, Andray Blatche, Shaun Livingston, Jason Terry
Biggest Strength: Experience for the Brooklyn Nets is their biggest strength by far. It’s not very often when a team is made up of so many key veterans who are still capable of producing at a high level. From Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Jarrett Jack, Andrei Kirilenko, the list goes on and on. The Nets have an entire roster filled with guys who have had great success in the league and are still capable of adding to their decorated resumes. The age does hurt the Nets in terms of speed and athleticism, but sometimes it’s better to be the more experienced team that has been through every situation imaginable. You can never count out a team full of veterans.
Biggest Weakness: The Brooklyn Nets have absolutely no speed or quickness, which doesn’t allow them to play an up-tempo style of basketball. Basketball is often considered a young mans game, especially with the flashy and quicker teams such as the Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers taking over the league. The Nets are an aged team with three of their starting five players in their mid 30s. There’s no up and down style of play and defense can be an issue at times against the younger teams looking to speed things up. There’s a lot of miles on this Brooklyn Nets roster, and 82 more games certainly doesn’t help.
Expectations: Lionel Hollins at head coach is an upgrade over Jason Kidd and the Nets did a nice job of keeping most of the roster in place. The return of Brook Lopez does help in a huge way. The Nets are certainly a playoff team but anything after that really depends on the health and production of Deron Williams and Kevin Garnett. If both vets can drink from the fountain of youth, the Nets have a shot to make a productive run. However, the Nets also have the potential to crash and burn and get bounced in the first round. Hide and watch.