14. Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets are a team with some question marks. Brooklyn has a completely new regime in place. The Nets are replacing one veteran point guard, Jarrett Jack, with another in Jeremy Lin.
Returning for his ninth season is Nets’ mainstay Brook Lopez. Lin and Lopez figure to be two of the most consistent players for Brooklyn this season. Outside of those two, though, Brooklyn’s roster is infused with youth.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s development is worth watching this season. Can he take his offensive game to the next level? Chris McCullough is another intriguing young player to watch.
While Brooklyn hindered their future with the Celtics trade, the Nets did manage to add two rookies in the 2016 draft. Caris LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead were added to Brooklyn’s young core this offseason. The main question with the Nets is, will Lopez and Lin have enough help? The other starters, Trevor Booker, Hollis-Jefferson, and likely either Sean Kilpatrick or Bojan Bogdanovic will have to step up to increase Brooklyn’s chances.
The Nets are in the midst of what they hope is a quick retool. Ideally for Brooklyn, they’ll be able to add premier free agents in the future once some of their young players develop. For now, though the Nets will lean heavily on their veterans, Lin and Lopez.
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