The Brooklyn Nets showed during last night’s victory against the Sacramento Kings that even without Kevin Durant, this offense is simply lethal when Kyrie Irving and James Harden can get hot from three-point range. Still, with their defense remaining mediocre at best, Sean Marks made another depth signing by adding 6-7 forward Andre Roberson.
Roberson has played just eight games, playoffs included, since the start of the 2018-19 season, meaning that he is extremely damaged goods. However, at his best, the former Colorado stud proved with the Oklahoma City Thunder that he is one of the more versatile defenders that the league has to offer.
While Roberson is coming to Brooklyn, the Nets had to make room for him by waiving disappointing center Norvel Pelle after just a handful of games. As poorly as Pelle played, is this the right move for a team that has struggled to protect the paint?
Marks will always be a hero in Brooklyn for getting these stars together, but his recent signings have been a bit confusing. The Nets have enough smaller guard/combo forwards on this roster. What they need is some height.
The Brooklyn Nets need size, not another perimeter player like Andre Roberson.
With much-hyped former second-rounder Nic Claxton still quite a bit away from returning to game action, the only true “big men” on the Nets roster are DeAndre Jordan, who has been often criticized for his inconsistent defense, and recent signee Noah Vonleh, who will likely only see mop-up duty.
While Brooklyn using a 6-4 guard in Bruce Brown and the 6-5 Harden as their premier defensive players, all the while using Joe Harris as a four on defense and playing 6-8 Jeff Green at center, can be a fun style of play, it’s not the most practical. When they take on a player like Joel Embiid or Giannis Antetokounmpo, that lineup will not do them any good.
The Nets do need defensive help in any way they can get it, and the combination of Roberson and Iman Shumpert should help them out on that end when the latter returns from his hamstring injury.
However, despite the fact that games get more physical in the postseason, Brooklyn apparently seems content with what’s left of Jordan, an oft-injured second-round pick, and a player on his seventh team in seven seasons as their only source of height down in the post. That could come back to bite them.