Hey there, it is me again, GameTime Logic. Today, I am posting my predictions about the 2017-2018 Brooklyn Nets NBA season. Honestly, they are probably, if not definitely, the worst team in the league RIGHT NOW! Well, after reading this let’s see if they are going to get better for the sake of everyone that is a Nets fan.
So a few weeks ago a Youtuber called BLACK9NE posted a video about the “Best Duos From All 30 NBA Teams” which I recommend seeing. Back in the day, we remember that the Brooklyn Nets were originally the New Jersey Nets and their best duo between both organizations was Jason Kidd and the Human Highlight himself, Vince Carter. Also, I want to shout out Newark, NJ and Perth Amboy, NJ. I appreciate both places.
First off, let’s start way back. In 2013, Brooklyn traded Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans and three first round draft picks (2014, 2016 and 2018), as well as the right to swap first round, picks in 2017 to the Boston Celtics for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and D.J. White. Honestly, it seemed like a decent trade, but Garnett, Pierce, and Terry were all near the end of their careers. Looking at the picks that Boston acquired, they would of all benefited the Nets in multiple ways. This is what the Nets would have had if they kept all the picks: 2014 – Marcus Smart, 2016 – Jaylen Brown, 2017 – Markelle Fultz (Boston originally had the 1st pick before trading it to Philly), and 2018 we will have to wait and see. That is a lot of talent for a young team and the players I mention from those picks are all capable of being starters in the future. If they were kept in Brooklyn, Brooklyn would definitely be a playoff team but now Boston has taken the young talent and already has a great team to be a Finals contender.
Last year, the Brooklyn Nets ended as the worst team in the league with a 20-62 record. With the hype of Lonzo Ball becoming a Laker, the new President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson made his move to free up some cap space not just for the next season but also for seasons to come. He traded D’Angelo Russell who’s contract was $5.56M a year and Timofey Mozgov who’s contract was $15.28M a year for Brook Lopez who’s contract was $22.24M a year. It seems a bit even but I honestly think that both teams won that trade. Lakers now have a true Center who is defensive and can spread the floor with his mid-range shooting, but he is not known for rebounding the ball aggressively. For the Nets, they finally have a good Point Guard since Deron Williams and have a big body down low with Timofey protecting the paint. But will it be enough to have at least a better record for next season?
With the new moves made by the Nets, I believe that D’Angelo and Timofey will bring a defensive presence which we’ve all heard that “Defense wins championships.” D’Angelo averaged 15.6 PPG, 3.5RPG, 5.8 APG, and 1.4 SPG but a downside stat is that he averages 2.8 TOs which can hurt the team offensively. Mozgov averaged 7.4 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.6 BPG, and 0.3 SPG but what I don’t get is how can he then average 1.3 TOs if he barely gets an assist. I think once they get more minutes to play then they will have better stats to show.
Other trades the Nets did this offseason were trading Andrew Nicholson to Portland for Allen Crabbe and trading Justin Hamilton to Toronto for DeMarre Carroll. Both Crabbe and Carroll have big contracts that are taking up Brooklyn’s cap space. Crabbe will be making $19.33M a year and Carroll will be making $14.8M a year which is a lot of money for low tier players. Pretty much the Nets just added more shooters to their arsenal so they can spread the floor or just kick it out to the open man for a big bucket. Also, they bring potential to the team and a hint of experience for the already young Nets. Both Crabbe and Carroll came off the bench for their previous teams but put up decent stats. Crabbe averaged 10.7 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, and 0.7 SPG. Carroll averaged 8.9 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1 APG, and 1.1 SPG. I think the Nets adding all the people they have gives them hope for the future.
In the 2017 NBA Draft, the Brooklyn Nets took Jarrett Allen from the University of Texas at #22. In college, he was a RIM PROTECTOR averaging 1.5 BPG and he was long enough to grab boards averaging 8.4 RPG. He gives the Nets height and versatility, standing at 6’11 he can play both the 4 and 5. He is the Nets second tallest player after Timofey Mozgov who stands at 7’1. Last year the Nets were very short on height if you know what I mean and even though Brook Lopez was 7 feet tall he only averaged 5.4 RPG. Trevor Booker who is 6’8 grabbed the majority of the rebounds averaging 8 per game. Allen can be a defensive presence the Nets have not had since Kenyon Martin and can supply the team with a double digit game with 12 PPG and 10 RPG, my prediction of course. Allen is young talent on a young team that has no true veterans or who don’t have the experience to lead a team to victory. Honestly, Allen has to teach himself on what it takes to be a successful Big Man in the league because Mozgov is definitely not the person you want your talent to be like.
My prediction for the Nets starting 5 is:
PG: D’Angelo Russell
SG: Allen Crabbe
SF: DeMarre Carroll
PF: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
C: Timofey Mozgov
Their bench is pretty weak. They have no one they can really depend on to be a factor except maybe Jeremy Lin and Jarrett Allen. It probably might be a long season for the team and the fans. If the Nets do not make smarter moves in the future, there is no hope for Brooklyn to be a force to be reckoned with. The new front office, with Sean Marks as General Manager and Kenny Atkinson as Head Coach, have a lot of work to do to make this young team a contender for the future.
Question #1: Where did D’Angelo go to high school and where did he go to college?
Question #2: Where is Mozgov from?
Question #3: When was the last time the Nets made the Playoffs?
Well, that’s all, for now. Next time, I will have a new team to discuss and I would love to hear your opinions. Also, questions are recommended if you want to know something about Basketball from all levels and there are no stupid questions. Have a good week guys and talk to you later. Peace!!!
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