Welcome to the first semi-controversial addition to this article. There are, in all likelihood, some that would want Rodions Kurucs to assume the starting power forward position—he did start 46 games last year as a rook.
The starting lineup could likely see an altercation if a slow start ensues or certain players struggle. Prince is going to have to prove to Atkinson and the coaching staff he deserves to start ball games.
He can be a great “3 and D” look for this roster, but consistency on the defensive end has emerged as an issue in his game.
Prince connected on 2.2 three-point field goals per game on 39 percent from distance, 34.6 percent of his attempts came from the corner when he shot 41.3 percent.
If stunting the growth of Kurucs is a major concern, he should still see the 20.5 minutes of action per night he saw as a rookie last season. He’s an intriguing young piece to this roster but doesn’t have the versatile game that Prince has at the moment.
Here’s what Atkinson had to say about Prince and his fit within the rotation, according to brooklynnets.com.
"“We’re excited to welcome Taurean and his family to Brooklyn,” said Nets General Manager Sean Marks. “Taurean is an athletic frontcourt player who brings defensive toughness and versatility to our team, and we believe he’ll be a strong fit in Kenny’s system."