3 Reasons why Kenny Atkinson should be the coach of the Brooklyn Nets next season

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#2) Offensive Scheme

Though the results have been unfavorable, the offensive scheme that Kenny Atkinson deploys isn’t to blame for any deficiencies in a half-court setting.

In fact, the Nets are first in the NBA in creating shots less than five feet away from the basket (36.0), fifth in three-point attempts (38.0), and ninth in free throw attempts. In today’s NBA, where the three most analytically-friendly forms of offense are perimeter jump shots, attempts at the rim, and getting to the line, that’s pretty damn good.

You could argue that they often rely too heavy on analytics—pointing out there lack of mid-range weapons are post-up aficionados. That’s where there is good news. With the eventual inclusion of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving into the lineup, their offense will be more balanced in that aspect.

Durant ran 185 post-ups last season, the Nets average 0.4 per game this year. And both Durant and Irving are exceptional when operating in the mid-range.

Implementing two dynamic offensive threats into a system that generates favorable looks has the real potential to be one of the most potent offenses in the league next season.