Brooklyn Nets 2017 Preview
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The Brooklyn Nets have won a combined 41 games the last two seasons and are looking for any positives they can build on moving forward. The Nets don’t have a winning season in three years and have made the playoffs three times in the last 10 years. The Nets will take anything good they can get right now.
Here is your Brooklyn Nets 2017 NBA preview.
Key Player Losses: After being with the Nets since 2008, Brook Lopez is now with the Los Angeles Lakers via trade. Lopez produced more than 10,000 points and 4,000 rebounds during his time in Brooklyn and led the team in win shares the last three years. Other than that, the Nets didn’t lose anybody worth mentioning, as we are talking about a team that won just 20 games a season ago.
Key Player Additions: The Nets snagged D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov in the Lakers trade. Russell is a 21-year-old point guard who has shown flashes of being a reliable starter and somebody who can make big shots and is a solid shooter from downtown. Mozgov isn’t the player he was for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he’s still 7’1” and brings a physical presence in the paint. Allen Crabbe comes over from Portland after shooting 44.4 percent from three last season and averaging double-digit points the last two years. DeMarre Carroll is now on his seventh NBA team after not panning out in Toronto, and he has chances to prove there’s something left in the tank at 31 years old.
Draft: Jarrett Allen is a lengthy center who just turned 19 years old and has a lot of upside after averaging 13 points and eight rebounds in one season at Texas. Allen will see considerable minutes as a rookie and has the potential to become Brooklyn’s center of the future, if there is such a thing in today’s league. Aleksandar Vezenkov is a power forward who can space the floor and has built quite a career overseas at just 21 years old, but there are questions just how long until he’ll actually make an impact in the NBA.
Outlook: The Brooklyn Nets are simply a D-League roster that’s just trying to find who can play and who is actually worth keeping as they move forward in a rebuild. Guys like Caris LeVert, Isaiah Whitehead, Allen and Crabbe are going to get a ton of minutes, as it’s all about finding building blocks to help turn this franchise around. Winning simply isn’t going to come often this season and shouldn’t be the goal if we’re being honest. Find guys who can contribute and move forward with the next offseason in hopes of taking a step to climbing out of the NBA cellar.