When the Nets traded for Taurean Prince last offseason, they wanted a versatile defender who can be a serious offensive threat without needing the ball, and for the most part, he has filled that role in his Brooklyn tenure. Prince has been a mainstay in the starting lineup and for good reason. With Kevin Durant missing the entire season, Prince has fit in seamlessly, defending at a high level as well as providing offensive sparks from time to time.
Prince is arguably the best perimeter defender the Nets have, and with the possible playoff matchups the Nets may face, he will be as important as anyone. Brooklyn will most likely see All-Stars like Khris Middleton or Jayson Tatum in the first round of the playoffs and, depending on what Jacque Vaughn wants to do, Prince will get the nod to neutralize those elite scorers.
Offensively, Prince has been a double-digit scorer all season, which will in the playoffs. If the Baylor product can shot around 35% from 3 and finish effectively around the rim, it may just be a huge boost to a team that has a tendency to go cold offensively outside of Spencer Dinwiddie.