The Brooklyn Nets have taken big steps to re-energize the club since the arrival of GM Sean Marks. Here are 5 reasons to be excited about 2018-19.
With the 2018-19 season about two months away, the Brooklyn Nets and their fans are counting down the days to the season opener in Detroit on Oct. 17.
Here are five reasons to get excited about the 2018-19 season.
The Brooklyn Nets can make a playoff push
The Brooklyn Nets have not made a playoff appearance since the 2014-15 season. In that playoff appearance, the Nets got bounced out of the first round in six games by the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks.
The last time the Brooklyn Nets made it past the first round of the NBA playoffs came in the 2013-14 season. The Nets beat the Toronto Raptors in seven games, winning the clincher at Toronto.
Despite advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Nets could not get past the Miami Heat super team, losing in five games. Overall, the Nets have only made the playoffs nine times since 2001.
Despite the disappointing playoff history for the Nets, this can be the season Brooklyn can make that long-awaited return to the playoffs.
The Nets are coming off a 28-win season, missing the playoffs by 15 games. Last season, the Brooklyn Nets faced recurring injuries throughout the season, sidelining players from a couple games to a whole season.
The most notable injuries the Brooklyn Nets faced were Jeremy Lin‘s knee injury during the season opener which cost the guard the rest of the season and D’Angelo Russell‘s knee injury, which sidelined the guard two months.
If injuries do not play a huge factor for the Brooklyn Nets in 2018-19, they have a chance at making the playoffs.
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The Brooklyn Nets are a team made up of young talent and key veteran pieces. In addition, each position has a well-balanced rotation. One area of the Brooklyn Nets that is commonly overlooked is their bench.
The Nets bench has great assets at every position and is arguably one of the best benches in the Eastern Conference.
This offseason for the Brooklyn Nets has been an eventful one. Nets general manager Sean Marks has done a great job adding young pieces and veteran players. To go along with his additions, each signing or trade filled the needs necessary.
Marks traded away Lin and Timofey Mozgov to free cap space while signing and trading for more young talent and veteran players.
By adding those pieces to the Nets, Marks has not only set up his team for the future, but made the Brooklyn Nets into a potential playoff team right now.
The Nets can’t be considered favorites to make the playoffs at the moment. The bottom half of the Eastern Conference has improved and with LeBron James in the Western Conference, many teams have their eyes on making the playoffs.
As said before, if the Brooklyn Nets can stay healthy, they have a shot at making the playoffs in 2018-19.