Nets: Projected Starting Five

5 of 6

Power Forward: Thaddeus Young

May 1, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Thaddeus Young (30) drives against Atlanta Hawks power forward Paul Millsap (4) and Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (0) during the first quarter of game six of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With Thaddeus Young most likely starting at PF, the Nets definitely will be committing to the small ball philosophy that has been engulfing the entire league. While Young is definitely not an elite three point shooter, he can still stretch the floor and spot up from beyond the arc. Young is also extremely athletic and can drive to the rim at will. He is a great finisher inside, and he can spark the offense with his athleticism. On the defensive end, he is terrific when covering stretch fours, and he can also somewhat guard the post.

However, even though Young will be great for stretching the floor, the Nets will take a huge hit in the rebounding department. Young has never been a great rebounder, and he has not proven that he can outrebound bigger and stronger PFs. Young will have to crash the boards more than he ever has in his career, especially since none of the other Nets starters are known for their rebounding either. Young adds so many elements to the offense that a classic PF would not be able to, but the Nets will have to hope that Young can at least keep opposing rebounders at bay.

Next: Center