The Brooklyn Nets got an all-time great player and one of the top free agents on the market when they landed Kevin Durant. How does this change things?
Kevin Durant, a two-time Finals MVP and one of the biggest stars in the NBA, is getting ready to bring a title to the Brooklyn Nets. With the recent free agency moves, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant have become the new duo in Brooklyn, the Eastern Conference has shifted in momentum.
The question is, how much of an impact will Kevin Durant actually contribute to the Nets in the new season.
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Durant will be a better leader
Kevin Durant has always been a key player in any team he has played for. Not only has he captured two Finals MVP awards and has two rings, but he also has the leadership qualities to be team captain.
Durant always led by example in his time with the Golden State Warriors and always maintained his star potential on and off the court.
Transitioning to Brooklyn with the same star potential is only going to get recognized more due to the fact that the Brooklyn Nets have not had a major player on the team like Kevin Durant for years now.
It will definitely be interesting to see just how many Nets fans will buy the new KD No. 7 jersey.
Durant may return sooner rather than later
In Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals, Kevin Durant suffered an Achilles tendon injury and had to be carried off of the court. Durant signing with the Nets after an injury might have eliminated the idea of an early Nets debut.
While many think he will be out for the 2019-20 season, Kevin Durant could recover faster than expected and help the Nets get to the playoffs. With Kyrie and KD in full effect in Brooklyn early, who knows how fast they’ll blow out the eastern conference.
A Brooklyn big three
Brooklyn now has a big three with Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan. The Nets have not seen such star power in Brooklyn since Paul Pierce , Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry. This group of players have such a better dynamic and can really make a difference in the Nets rotation.
The potential lineup could be Irving, Joe Harris, Taurean Prince, Jordan and Caris Levert. With such a strong bench and starting lineup, all Brooklyn would need is a healthy Kevin Durant to take over the East and fill the gap in the lineup to successfully dominate in the playoffs.