Nets: Projected Starting Five

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Center: Brook Lopez

Apr 29, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) is defended by Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (15) during the first half in game five of the first round of the NBA Playoffs. at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Lopez is by far the best player currently on the roster. Lopez is an elite post player and an excellent rim protector, and he is a guy that the team can build around. The Nets will have to run their halfcourt offense through him, because he not only can score well in the post, but can also create shots for others with his post passing. Now that Deron Williams is gone, Lopez will have a lot more opportunities to create flow instead of clogging the offense. Williams and Lopez definitely did not mesh well together, and with Williams now in Dallas, Lopez will once again become the focal point of the offense.

Lopez is also a great rim protector and shotblocker, and he will provide the interior defense that the Nets will need with the smaller lineup they are going to use. The only issue with Lopez is that he is not a good rebounder. Lopez will need to improve on this if the Nets are going to compete every night. With no one else on the roster to take on the rebounding slack, Lopez will have to step up and fill the void for the team. If Lopez can improve his rebounding, he will finally be the all-around player that the Nets envisioned he would become.

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