The new look frontcourt
As said before, Sean Marks has done a great job this offseason setting his team up not only for the future, but a potential playoff run in 2018-19. One area of Marks’ offseason moves that is overlooked is the improvements to the Brooklyn Nets frontcourt.
Last season, the Nets had a weak frontcourt which was targeted by opposing teams. On the offensive end, teams would push the ball down low and attack the rim. Most of the time, this led to the Nets facing foul trouble or giving up easy points for opponents.
Marks added good frontcourt pieces to stop the bleeding:
These players can make an impact on both ends of the floor. Davis brings aggressive offensive scoring and rebounding. Davis is a traditional big man who focuses his offensive play at the rim. On the defensive end, Davis brings that tough defense.
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Opposing players have trouble driving on Davis due to his size and length. To go along with the tough defense, Davis brings more defensive rebounding depth to the Nets roster.
Faried is a good pickup for the Brooklyn Nets. At first, it looked like the Nets were going to buy out Faried’s $13,764,045 expiring contract, but he is here to stay.
With the Nets taking on Faried’s contract, he will be the third-highest paid player on the roster behind Allen Crabbe and DeMarre Carroll. The Manimal brings similar play to Davis; strong rebounding on both ends, tough defense and good traditional frontcourt scoring.
Unlike Davis, Faried is a more versatile player. The power forward has great athletic ability when it comes to blocking and dunking. Faried is not afraid to meet a player at the rim and block a dunk.
On the offensive end, Faried does a good job converting lob passes into alley-oop dunks and acrobatic finishes.
Graham brings more wing depth to the Nets roster. He shoots the 3 ball at a high level and his mid-range shooting is consistent. To go along with his strong shooting, Graham can drive the ball at a high level. He does a good job driving through contact and finishing with both hands.
Kurucs brings more wing depth to the Nets, but like Graham can drive the ball with confidence. He is a consistent shooter from all areas, but driving is a strong area of his offensive game. The power forward uses his size and length to his advantage when driving the ball.
Bringing in Jared Dudley was a smart move by Sean Marks. Dudley brings great veteran leadership and wing presence. To go along with his strong play at the 3, Dudley can play the 4. He can drive the ball and make the extra pass to cutters.
It is safe to say the Brooklyn Nets have a more solid frontcourt than they had last season. It will be interesting to see what the rotation will look like when the 2018-19 season comes around. As of now, Jarrett Allen will be the starting center for the Brooklyn Nets.