Brooklyn Nets 2016 Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
Brooklyn Nets 2016 Preview
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The Brooklyn Nets have won a combined 59 games the last two seasons and have a new head coach in Kenny Atkinson. While the Nets are in rebuilding mode, this is still a franchise that hasn’t missed the playoffs back-to-back seasons since 2010-11.
Here is your Brooklyn Nets 2016 NBA preview.
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Key Player Losses: The Nets watched a lot of experiment players leave town, but their key losses come with Thaddeus Young being traded to Indiana and Jarrett Jack leaving for Atlanta. Young averaged 15 points and nine rebounds last season while Jack is a serviceable point guard who did produce 13 points and seven assists. Also, shooting guard Wayne Ellington and center Willie Reed both ended up in Miami.
Key Player Additions: The Nets get stability at the point guard position with Jeremy Lin, who was very solid and underrated in his one season with the Charlotte Hornets. Luis Scola is a decent backup power forward who can still stretch the floor and shoot a solid percentage from midrange. Trevor Booker is also a nice pickup for the Nets, as he defends well and does a lot of dirty work in the paint. Also, Randy Foye is now on his seventh team and hopes to rebound after shooting just 34.9 percent from the field with the OKC Thunder.
Draft: The Nets decided to snag two shooting guards in Caris LeVert out of Michigan and Isaiah Whitehead out of Seton Hall. Both are rangy guards who have the knack for making plays on the offensive end. Also Whitehead is from Brooklyn, so you know he’s going to be out to prove himself and put on a show for the fans.
Outlook: The Nets did what they good in adding veterans around Brook Lopez, but there’s not enough talent or depth to compete in the improved Eastern Conference. Brooklyn is going to struggle offensively and having a first-time head coach will take some adjusting as well. The Nets will have another rough year in which should be the first true rebuilding season. I see less than 30 wins again for Brooklyn.