Do not expect anything good to come out of the Brooklyn Nets this year.
Signing Jeremy Lin was a move. It was good in a since that they really have no good point guards on the team, but Lin is far from a franchise changer.
Ever since the epic Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry deal that pretty much ruined Brooklyn’s future, the Nets have left themselves stranded at sea without a paddle (good job Billy King). Mind you, this deal took place back in 2013 and this will continue to affect them through the 2018 season and beyond. They gave Boston a 2014, 2016, and 2018 draft picks, AND agreed to swap their 2017 picks. To make it sting just a little more, those draft picks turned into Marcus Smart and the number three pick in the 2016 draft (Jaylen Brown).
What makes all this worse is the “mega trade” did nothing for Brooklyn. Yes, they made it to the playoffs their two years Garnett was there, but never passed the second round. So all that money and moving for nothing!
Signing Brook Lopez sounded like a good move. However, when you sign him to a 3-year, $60 million dollar contract and he is extremely injury prone, that pretty much eliminates any hope for signing another marquee player. So that’s yet another hit to a broke organization.
The only hope for a some what bright future comes in that of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. With this being his second year, Jefferson is expected to do pretty much everything for the Nets. He is a hustle player with a “ok” shot and a pretty good rebounder. Jefferson missed majority of the season last year due to injury, but he will be Brooklyn’s best player this year and they will need him to be.
Rookie Caris LeVert is a question mark at this point. His potential is high, however his injury risk is even higher. He could not stay health at all his last two years of college. When he was on the court, his game commanded attention. LeVert could be a good player for the Nets, if he can stay healthy.
If Jefferson does not bloom into the player the Nets need him to be and LeVert does not pan out, the projected 20 win Nets might not even make it there.