Brooklyn Nets: 5 Things To Watch During Training Camp

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Mar 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins calls out a play from the sideline in the second half of the game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Brooklyn Nets beat the Indiana Pacers by the score of 123-111. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

2. Change of Style?

Head Coach Lionel Hollins has always been know to play a slow-paced style of offense. He did when he was at Memphis, and it has carried over into his campaign with the Nets. Last season, the Nets finished 24th in the league in pace. Now, with a younger and more athletic roster than recent years, it seems that speeding up the pace is the best recipe for success.

ESPN’s Mike Mazzeo interviewed Hollins yesterday and tweeted the coach’s statements which claimed that there isn’t anything set in stone with this team right this second.

GM Billy King made it clear in his interview that he would like to see more of a high-paced offensive attack. When you have athletic players like Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Thaddeus Young, and Thomas Robinson, taking advantage of fast-break opportunities makes the Nets a very dangerous team. However, playing fast does not have to cut into their ability to score in the halfcourt offense. Especially in the Nets case, they have to get Lopez the ball on the block with space and time to work. Hollins based his offense around that attack last season and while it was good for some time, it didn’t win games like they could have if they looked to take advantage of getting out in the open floor more.

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