Saturday, October 13, 2018

NBA: Brooklyn Nets look to get better this season, but probably still won't be good enough for Playoffs spot



Brooklyn Nets players celebrate their overtime win over Detroit Pistons in a preseason game. Image courtesy: Twitter @BrooklynNets


New York: The Nets arrived in Brooklyn six years past with massive boasts regarding winning over big apple and eventually winning a title.

They don't say a lot of currently in any respect.

There aren't any guarantees regarding what quantity they're going to win or however before long. In fact, they do not even very say winning.

The goal remains to be higher, that is not quite an equivalent as being sensible. The Nets ar content to try to to things slowly, knowing there aren't any fast fixes to the issues their former win-now angle created.

So it's all regarding improvement, even as it had been last season.

"I suppose that is the theme," coach Kenny Atkinson aforesaid. "I suppose we'd like to require another discovery, take another massive step. that is the goal and that i suppose our guys ar excited regarding it."


Brooklyn did that last season, creating a seven-win improvement that trailed solely Philadelphia among jap Conference groups. however that also left the Nets at solely 28-54, and it's onerous to visualize them doing far better than that this season.

But the won-loss record will not confirm however the Nets outline success.

"We're in a very results-driven business, right? therefore i purchase that, however at the top of the day, as Kenny aforesaid, it's ne'er aiming to be strictly on the wins and losses. It's aiming to be however we have a tendency to pivot throughout the year," top dog Sean Marks aforesaid. "We've maintained flexibility for a handful of years currently and that is aiming to be necessary moving ahead."

Indeed, the Nets ar came upon well for the long run. they're finally done paying off the large ransom they sent to state capital in 2013 within the unlucky trade for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, once the Nets were needing to win quickly following their move from New Jersey to Brooklyn. they're going to have their own draft choose for the primary time since then many cash to pay on what is expected to be a robust 2019 free-agent category.

The Nets most likely ought to return away with somebody sensible in one if not each spots to actually create important strides.

Along the manner, perhaps they're going to notice some keepers on this team.

"There's 10-11 guys here on the last year of their deal," aforesaid Jared Dudley, one amongst their offseason acquisitions. "If you create it to the playoffs, seventy five % of individuals get paid simply on creating the playoffs. Winning is being unselfish."

Some things to observe with the Nets:

BLAZERS' TRAIL: Allen Crabbe had the most effective season of his career — and most prolific 3-point shooting season in franchise history — once the Nets noninheritable  him from Portland last summer. Brooklyn can strive 2 a lot of former path Blazers this season once linguistic communication male erecticle dysfunction Davis and Shabazz John Napier.

TURNOVER TURNAROUND: Atkinson aforesaid forcing a lot of turnovers are a goal this season once the Nets graded thirtieth within the league therein class in 2017-18.

SPENCER'S SITUATION: Herbert Spencer Dinwiddie became the place to begin guard following injuries to Jeremy Lin and D'Angelo Russell last season and over up third within the league in pick for many Improved Player once averaging twelve.6 points and half-dozen.6 assists whereas finishing second within the league in assist-to-turnover quantitative relation. however he is back to the bench currently behind Russell and can need to be productive in fewer minutes and with groups a lot of ready for him.

WAITING GAME: Russell and beginning forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ar eligible for contract extensions this month, however Marks indicated the Nets would most likely not provide them currently, instead saving their cap house for next summer with the choice to re-sign them then as restricted free agents.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: The Nets will get associate degree early get on town rival with 2 matchups against the Knicks in their 1st seven games. They host big apple in their Oct. nineteen home opener and create the short trip to Madison sq. Garden on twenty nine Oct.