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NBA Preview: The 2015 Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets Preview

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The Brooklyn Nets have made the playoffs three straight seasons and hope some roster moves can help this franchise get over the hump.

It should be an interesting season in Lionel Hollins’ second year at head coach.

NBA Preview: The 2015 Brooklyn Nets

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Key Player Losses: The biggest loss for the Nets came when they waived point guard Deron Williams, who is still just 31 years old. Yes, Williams had a poor contract and is a shell of himself, but he still showed flashes at times of being an OK player and could make a difference for the Dallas Mavericks. Mason Plumlee was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers after two seasons with the Nets. Plumlee shot 60.6 percent from the field and averaged 5.4 rebounds in those two seasons. Mirza Teletovic signed with the Phoenix Suns after averaging seven points and 3.4 rebounds in three seasons with the Nets.

Key Player Additions: The Nets added big time depth at center with the addition of Andrea Bargnani. Bargnani averaged 15 points per game over his lengthy career and is capable of spreading the floor with the three-ball. Thomas Robinson has bounced around his entire career but did just turn 24 years old and has always had the raw potential and athleticism that could end up being a steal of a pickup. Wayne Ellington was one of the few bright spots for the Lakers last season and has shot no worse than 37 percent from deep the last four seasons while Shane Larkin could develop into an OK backup point guard after showing he can play last year with the Knicks.

Draft: Chris McCullough should see some immediate playing with the power forward position shaky after Thaddeus Young. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has a lot of upside and should be the backup behind Joe Johnson. Juan Vaulet is going to remain in Argentina for a while, especially after just undergoing ankle surgery.  

2015 Outlook: The Nets got better with their addition of Bargnani, and guys such as Johnson, Brook Lopez and Young are going to keep this team somewhat competitive. The Nets are good for a playoff spot in the East once again, but there’s still not enough to expect anymore than what we’ve seen from this team the last few years. The Nets still have more tweaking to do in order to take that next step.

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