Brooklyn Nets: 2016 Preview, Offseason/Draft Recap, Outlook
Brooklyn Nets 2016 NBA Season Preview
October 7, 2016
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The Brooklyn Nets were without a doubt one of the more disappointing teams in the 2015-16 season, finishing with a 21-61 record that was their worst since moving to Brooklyn, including a 17-win drop off from their 38 in 2014-15. Brooklyn is clearly in a rebuild, whether they’d like to admit it or not.
Here is your 2016 Brooklyn Nets preview.
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Key Losses: The key subtractions from the 2015-16 Nets squad have to be second-leading scorer Thaddeus Young, who was dealt to the Indiana Pacers for the draft rights to Michigan product Caris LeVert and a second round Pacers draft pick, While guard Wayne Ellington, signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the new-look, Dwyane Wade-less Miami Heat. The other key losses were the 61 on the schedule for Brooklyn in the 2015-16 season that resulted in a change at the head coaching spot, stopping the coaching carousel on Kenny Atkinson, who gets his first taste of head coaching experience after working as an assistant for the New York Knicks from 2008-2012 and most recently as an assistant for the Hawks and Mike Budenholzer from 2012 until this past April when Atkinson agreed to take on the task of leading the Nets into battle. However one has to wonder if Atkinson has his work cut out for him for this season and how much slack he will get with this team having rebuild written all over it.
Key Additions: The Nets signed 11 different players to fill the 15 slots for the opening night roster. Most notably were former Charlotte Hornet Jeremy Lin, who inked a three-year, $36 million contract and former Jazz small forward Trevor Booker who put pen to paper on his own two-year, $18 million deal. Other signings included journeymen Luis Scola and Greivis Vazquez, along with former first overall pick, Anthony Bennett. Bennett has been viewed as a bust for the majority of his career, and is hoping a career resurgence is in the cards at the Barclays Center.
Breaking down the draft: The Nets would have had the 3rd overall pick in the 2016 draft that turned out to be California freshman Jaylen Brown, however that pick went to the Celtics as part of the 2013 deal that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce among others to the Nets. The only other pick the Nets had in the 2016 draft came at number 55 overall, which turned out to be North Carolina guard Marcus Paige. Paige started 2015-16 as the ACC preseason player of the year, and managed to shake a rocky start en route to the Tar Heels reaching the 2016 national championship game, where UNC lost to Villanova on a buzzer-beater. In that game Paige managed to put up 21 points and is going to try to carry that success over to be a beacon of hope for the future for the Nets.
Outlook: Quite simply, Nets faithful should not have high hopes for this Brooklyn squad for the 2016-17 season. While there is some experience, it’s just too much adversity for a young Nets team that has had barely any time to get any sort of chemistry together. Add in the fact that they have a first-year head coach taking all of this on, and the Nets may find themselves in the top of the draft lottery again, however the bright side is they’d be able to keep the pick for themselves this time around.
Projected Record: 20-62