The regular season is here and the Nets are ready to make their debut in Brooklyn. How is the roster shaping up, and will Avery Johnson be able to lead the Nets to a respectable finish in the Eastern Conference standings?
The East is getting better, but the Nets should still be able to grab one of the last playoff spots.
That’s because they’ll have one of the best backcourts in all of the NBA. Deron Williams, who flirted with the idea of leaving town, decided to stay on with Brooklyn and will team up with Joe Johnson to create a formidable perimeter duo. The pair accounted for almost 40 points per game between them last season.
So the two guard spots are set. Williams and Johnson will start, while C.J. Watson, Tyshawn Taylor and MarShon Brooks will get time as backups.
Gerald Wallace will start at the three and will see considerable playing time there. One of the most versatile players out there, Wallace will be backed up by Josh Childress and Jerry Stackhouse.
In the frontcourt, Kris Humphries will start at the four and Brook Lopez will be the starting center to open the season. Reggie Evans will get a lot of court-time in the post too, as he brings undeniable energy, especially on the defensive end. Don’t sleep on Andray Blatche either, who had a terrific preseason for the Nets and may have earned himself a bigger role.
As you can tell, the pieces are there for a legitimately successful season for Brooklyn. It’s going to come down to chemistry and whether or not the team can find a true identity as the season progresses.