Dzanan Musa- “Efficient Scorer”
Musa, much like last year, is likely to split time between Brooklyn’s G-League affiliate, the Long Island Nets, and the NBA next season. He has proven he can score, as evidenced by his 19.5 points per game for the first-place Long Island Nets last year in the G-League and 11.5 points in Summer League action in June. However, efficiency has remained a bit of a lingering issue; but that’s also to be expected for a 20-year-old.
In his maturation process, he’ll learn how to slow things down, pick his spots and allow the flow of the game to come to him more organically. He didn’t get much opportunity last season with Brooklyn, only appearing in nine games and playing a grand total of 39 minutes. He appears to have put on significant muscle mass, he’s hungry for a permanent rotation spot this upcoming season, he very well might be a welcoming surprise.
Wilson Chandler- “Enforcer/Backbone of the second unit”
The way basketball is played has drastically altered through the decades, the “enforcer” is in the eyes of many is essentially a long-lost commodity. However, having a gritty, tough guy deep within your rotation can be beneficial. A guy that will stand up for his teammates and get under the skin of his opposition has its worth, and that’s what Wilson Chandler is.
Don’t expect Knicks or Nuggets-like production from the 32-year-old, those times have come and gone—but he can still produce on a basketball court. In 36 games with the Philadelphia 76ers last year, he connected on 1.3 three-point field goals per game on a rather efficient 39 percent shooting. If he can bring that level of efficiency and his toughness to the Barclays Center, he’ll quickly emerge a fan favorite.
Kevin Durant- ” Good health, strong recovery”
There is no official timetable for Kevin Durant’s return, it’s strictly up for speculation at this point. Some believe a return for the playoffs next spring is within grasp, others don’t want to jeopardize the 2019/20 season and want him to take the full season off to rehab his right Achilles tendon.
Whatever the case, you just want to see a full recovery for the two-time NBA Finals MVP; not just for fans of the team, but fans of the game in general. This is one of the most electrifying scorers that have ever stepped foot onto the hardwood; he’s a one-of-a-kind talent and if his final prime years are taken from us via this horrific injury, that’s an all-time shame.
His rehab process is ahead of schedule, this is a guy that has neverending passion for the sport, his return wouldn’t surprise his fans but it shouldn’t be the expectation.