Over the course of the last week, here at Nothin’ But Nets we’ve played around with a lot of different scenarios about what could happen with the Brooklyn Nets this season in terms of player movement. But how realistic is that?
In an ideal world, the odds of the Brooklyn Nets making any significant changes to their roster are slim to none. In a league where your success is predicated on team chemistry among many other things, the last thing you want to do is rip apart the players you’ve spent several years developing together.
The Brooklyn Nets are a cohesive unit, and one of the best in the league. Similar to the Denver Nuggets, it seems as if any move the team could make may very well damage their chemistry and take a hit on their title chances.
With a newly revamped roster, the Brooklyn Nets are in good shape. Even without Kevin Durant, the Nets have one of the better and more underrated second units in the entire league. The team shouldn’t have a problem with perimeter shooting or rim protection. However, a large area of focus on defense has to be guarding the paint, and limiting second chance points as the Nets ranked 25th and 27th respectively in both categories. These are things the players on this team have been doing together for a few years now.
Is a championship in the cards for this team? If you keep them together, yes. A roster that has largely been together for the last two or three seasons that has only continued to not only get better for their individual statistics, but improving their record as a whole. This was a team who just two seasons ago won 28 games, and the season before that only 20 games.
So unless the obvious and unfortunately at times–inevitable happens and the Brooklyn Nets are forced to make a trade to fill a rotation hole, they’ll be fine. They won’t regress the way experts in Las Vegas think they will. If Kevin Durant is able to return this season the way some are speculating, maybe the Brooklyn Nets get another shot at Philadelphia.
But at the end of the day, on this roster each man is as significant as the last.