Allen Crabbe became a full-time starter for the first time in his career last season after being acquired in a trade from the Portland Trail Blazers.
He was a player GM Sean Marks had eyed for awhile, as the Nets in 2016 signed Crabbe to a four-year, $75 million offer sheet Portland eventually matched.
As a starter last season, Crabbe struggled with consistency. His shooting fell off from .468/.444/.847 in Portland in 2016-17 to just .407/.378/.852 last season, even as his overall averages increased.
He put up 13.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 29.3 minutes per game and showed his potential in an April 9 win over the Chicago Bulls, when he scored 41 points on just 15 shots. Crabbe went 12-for-15, including 8-for-11 from 3-point range, and 9-for-9 at the foul line,
While that’s not going to be the norm, something closer to that and further from some of those 3-for-15 and 4-for-15 clunkers he put up last season would be a marked improvement.
Joe Harris returned to the Nets as a free agent, signing a two-year, $16 million deal, and he’s going to see the bulk of his time at the 2 and 3 spots.
Harris broke out last season, averaging 10.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 25.3 minutes a game, primarily off the bench, and sizzled with his shot, hitting a slash line of .491/.419/.827.
Harris added a driving element to his game last season that made him a difficult cover. Lay off to protect the paint and he’ll bury a 3 in your mug. Snug up to guard against his deep shot and all you’ll see is the name on the back of his jersey as he heads to the rim.
Spencer Dinwiddie and D’Angelo Russell are primarily point guards, but both are big and capable enough to play the 2 in spots, while rookies Dzanan Musa and undrafted Theo Pinson also could get some time here. Pinson will likely be converted to a two-way contract.
Caris LeVert can also play the 2, so there is no shortage of options for Atkinson here.
Projection: Likely much the same — Crabbe getting 28-29 minutes, Harris logging 24-25 between the 2 and 3 and Dinwiddie, Russell, Pinson and Shabazz Napier seeing some limited time in the role as well.