With eight new players on the Brooklyn Nets roster, we can expect some new changes in Brooklyn’s offense. What can we expect offensively from the Brooklyn Nets in 2018-19?
Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks has done a good job this offseason bettering the Nets future. He loaded up on draft picks and traded away Timofey Mozgov and Jeremy Lin; two players with huge contracts.
With those moves benefiting the future, Marks also brought in eight new players who are all expected to make the Nets roster come October:
- Kenneth Faried (via trade)
- Jared Dudley (via trade)
- Theo Pinson (undrafted free agent)
- Shabazz Napier (free agent signing)
- Ed Davis (free agent signing)
- Treveon Graham (free agent signing)
- Dzanan Musa (drafted with 29th overall pick)
- Rodions Kurucs (drafted with 40th overall pick)
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When looking at the new players coming to Brooklyn’s offense, it is clear the Nets targeted improving their frontcourt.
Last season, Brooklyn had a weak frontcourt on both ends of the floor. On the offensive end, Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson ran a pace-and-space offense, which benefits shooters. This offense revolves around perimeter shooting and a strong mid-range game.
Despite the pace-and-space style offense, Jarrett Allen and other frontcourt players played well. Aside from Allen, most of the Nets were confident shooters. Allen, on the other hand, attempted few shots from outside the paint.
On the defensive end, opposing teams would commonly target the Nets frontcourt. Brooklyn struggled to defend their frontcourt, especially on drive plays, leading to foul trouble or easy points for the opposing team.
With those eight new faces on the Nets roster, it is clear there will be some changes and new additions in the Brooklyn Nets offensive next season. What kind of changes can we see?
As said before, Brooklyn have a new looking frontcourt. This new and improved frontcourt can give Brooklyn more options to work with confidently on the offensive end.
The Nets are known to be a offensive tempo team which favors off-the-ball style. According to Anthony Puccio of NetsDaily, Shabazz Napier chose to sign with the Brooklyn Nets due to their off-the-ball style of offense.
"“That’s one of the reasons why I chose here. I felt like that was part of my game, position-less basketball, going up and down, getting the ball moving fast, being able to run to the corners and have somebody else handle the ball,” Napier told reporters at his introduction.“I don’t need to be on the ball. I proved that when I was in Portland. I think that’s the reason why Kenny [Atkinson] and I came to terms understanding this was a great fit for me.”"
The off-the-ball factor in the offense not only will benefit outside shooters, but the frontcourt guys as well. They will get more touches and be more involved off the ball. The frontcourt players will be setting more screens, involved in pick-and-rolls and get the ball down low.
Ed Davis and Kenneth Faried are the most popular frontcourt signings this summer. Both players are traditional style big men who focus their game down low. Faried and Davis can shoot from mid-range, which will spread the floor, but will most likely be down low often.
The Nets guard rotation is still packed but with a couple new faces. As said before, Napier is excited to play for the Nets and is expected to be the third point guard behind Spencer Dinwiddie and the expected starter, D’Angelo Russell.
To go along with those three guards, Allen Crabbe, Treveon Graham and even Dzanan Musa will see some minutes at the shooting guard position. Musa wants to play guard for the Nets and expressed his interest in his debut press conference.
The 2018-19 season will still be a pace-and-space style offense for the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets have a good amount of consistent shooters from behind the arc and well mid-range presence on their roster.
It will be interesting to see which players play what positions and what their roles will be.