The Nets grabbed the 6th seed last season because they had one of the deepest rosters in the Eastern Conference. D’Angelo Russell was surrounded by Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, Joe Harris, and Spencer Dinwiddie, all players 27 or younger. Young and talented, the Nets improved from being one of the worst teams in the NBA to an appearance in the playoffs.
This offseason, the Nets have only added to their already talented young roster. They replaced Russell with Kyrie Irving and added DeAndre Jordan, Taurean Prince, and Kevin Durant. Irving and Durant may have saw Brooklyn as a viable option because of the strength of their roster. The two stars thought the BROOKLYN NETS were the best option for them to win a championship, what a world.
I wrote about Caris LeVert in August, so I won’t go into him. However, I’ll profile the other players that the Nets have been developing the last few seasons as members of the rotation. The contribution of these players will be massively important to the success of the Nets next season.
The Nets drafted Jarrett Allen 22nd overall in the 2017 draft. Allen was 19 years old when he was drafted, and has played center for the Nets the last two seasons. Last season, Allen averaged 10.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in 26.2 minutes a game. Allen ranked 20th overall in rebounds, in his age 20 season. Allen will probably split time with DeAndre Jordan next season. I hope Jordan doesn’t interfere with Allen getting meaningful minutes next season. The Nets should prioritize trying to develop Allen into a long term piece, since he will be 21 during the 2019-2020 season.
Shooting guard Joe Harris was drafted 33rd overall in the 2014 draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Nets signed Harris in 2016, and has averaged 26.2 minutes a game over his three seasons with the team. Harris carved a role for him in the rotation. Last season, Harris led the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage, hitting .474% of his 3-point shots. Harris averaged 13.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists last season. Harris averaged 2.4 three-pointers a game and scored the 18th most 3-pointers. Harris is shadily one of the best 3-point shooters in the NBA, and should be the Nets starting shooting guard next season.
Point guard Spencer Dinwiddie was drafted 38th overall in the 2014 draft, 5 spots behind Joe Harris. Dinwiddie had the best season of his five year career with the Nets last season. Last season, Dinwiddie averaged 16.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 4.6 assists over 28.1 minutes a game. Dinwiddie scored 1.8 three-pointers a game. With the addition of point guard Kyrie Irving, Dinwiddie may see a decreased role in the rotation next season. Dinwiddie will back up Irving at point guard while probably getting time at shooting guard as well.
The Brooklyn Nets’ 2019-2020 roster is deep, young, and talented. They are in a position to improve on their 42-40 record last season, and grab higher than the 6th seed. Regardless of if Kevin Durant plays or not this season, the Nets roster is deep enough to be serious contenders in the Eastern Conference.