Brooklyn Nets Team Power Rankings: Where Each Player Stacks Up

BROOKLYN, NY - OCTOBER 8: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
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BROOKLYN, NY – DECEMBER 22: Trevor Booker
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7) Trevor Booker

Here’s where we start to see some separation on the roster. The rest of these players will be counted on, on a nightly basis to contribute towards wins.

There isn’t another player on this roster that expends as much energy and effort as Trevor Booker. He leads by example and has become one of the vocal leaders in the locker room for this group.

The Nets have pointed to the possibility of utilizing the “small ball” lineup this year, which would surely feature Trevor Booker playing some center.

With his speed and activity level, the Nets could cause problems for the opposition with Booker running the floor at the 5. With Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell handling the ball on the break, they’ll be looking for rim runners, something Booker does with extreme regularity.

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6) Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

RHJ has a wonderful opportunity this season to solidify himself as a worthy starter in this league. Last Thursday, the Nets exercised team options on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Caris LeVert and D’Angelo Russell, which came as no surprise.

The Nets front office clearly believes in Hollis-Jefferson’s talent, being that he’s the only survivor from the Battle of Billy King.

All jokes aside, Hollis-Jefferson brings an energy and a sense of camaraderie to this team. His teammates, coaches and staff are lifted by his presence, and he’s played a crucial role in exemplifying what the Brooklyn “culture” entails.

5) DeMarre Carroll 

Ranking one spot ahead of his fellow 3-4 hybrid, Carroll will likely see significant minutes at small forward, while sliding to the 4 spot only on occasion.

With the Nets going with Hollis-Jefferson, Booker and Acy at the 4, there’s not a pressing need for more depth at the position. However, Carroll would be an obvious candidate for the position in “small ball” lineups.

His veteran leadership, floor-spacing ability and defensive capabilities could prove to be significant reasons for success this season, given the Nets live up to our expectations.

4) Caris LeVert

The second-year swingman out of Michigan continues to impress coaches and fans around the league. Last season, LeVert made several eye-popping plays and helped fans find reason for optimism.

However, there were growing pains. At times, he struggled to finish at the rim and convert on open three-point shots. That’s all apart of the game, and for some, it takes an emotional toll on them that cannot be lifted.

LeVert has been through enough with the game of basketball to know how to respond to hard times. Similar to Dinwiddie, LeVert has gained muscle and as a result, has looked more balanced. When attacking the rim, he’s no longer flailing out of control, but he’s going up strong, absorbing contact, and finishing.

We’ve all seen what he can do, we’re just waiting for consistency.