Brooklyn Nets Team Power Rankings: Where Each Player Stacks Up

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15) Tyler Zeller

The most recent addition to the Nets final roster was made for depth purposes. Zeller enters Brooklyn after spending two seasons in Cleveland, and three in Boston. At 27 years-old, the former North Carolina Tarheel will most likely see limited minutes to begin the season.

As of now, he’s the third center in the Nets rotation. Additionally, this offense will likely feature a fair amount of small ball. That doesn’t bode well for a traditional center like Zeller.

However, he’s already showing improvement in his jump shot, which will always buy you minutes in Atkinson’s offense. His 7’0″, 250-pound frame could also be called upon throughout the season, and for a true seven-footer, he possesses soft hands with smooth finishing skills around the basket. The Nets signing of Zeller was a no-risk, minimal reward pickup, but necessary nonetheless.

14) Isaiah Whitehead

The fact that Isaiah Whitehead is fourteenth on this list points to the Nets success this offseason. Whitehead started 26 games last year and averaged close to 23 minutes per contest. Many of his starts were due to injuries to fellow backcourt mates, but Whitehead showed significant improvement in his rookie season.

During the most recent Summer League, Whitehead shined in almost every outing. He displayed his famous spin cycle on several occasions, but his overall patience for the game was most impressive. It seemed as if Whitehead was ready to take another step forward in year two.

However, with the added depth in the backcourt, Whitehead could struggle to see minutes this season. He played sparingly during the preseason, and looked timid during that span anyways. Don’t expect a competitor like Whitehead to go down without a fight, though.

13) Sean Kilpatrick

This could surprise some people. Kilpatrick has proved on many occasions he belongs in this league. Unfortunately, with the acquisitions of Allen Crabbe and DeMarre Carroll, along with the quick development of Caris LeVert, it’s hard to find major minutes for the dynamic guard out of Yonkers.

Luckily, Atkinson has no problem using all-fifteen guys on any given night, but playing time will have to be earned for Kilpatrick. However, ‘Skil’ tends to embrace challenges like this. He takes pride in being undrafted, doubted and passed over.

His summer has been well-advertised, as he spent time working out with Kevin Durant and Steve Nash in California. His incredible work ethic has been on full display since joining the Nets, and from a coaches point of view, you can’t ask for more effort than what Kilpatrick brings.

12) Quincy Acy

Personally, I think the Nets would rank Acy a bit higher than twelve. Many have touched on the Nets satisfaction with the way Quincy Acy goes about his business, and for good reason.

On the court, he’s tough as nails, and has developed one of the most consistent three-point strokes on the roster. Off the court, he’s a leader, and embodies what the Brooklyn “culture” is all about.

Expect Acy to appear in all-82 if he remains healthy.