5 Nets who could benefit from firing of Jacque Vaughn

Jacque Vaughn was fired by the Nets on Monday. Which members of the club will benefit as a result?

Mikal Bridges, Ben Simmons, Others who could benefit with Jacque Vaughn out as Nets' head coach
Mikal Bridges, Ben Simmons, Others who could benefit with Jacque Vaughn out as Nets' head coach / Dustin Satloff/GettyImages
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 Cameron Johnson

Like Mikal Bridges, Cameron Johnson was included in the swap for Kevin Durant. Unlike Bridges, however, Johnson has a lengthy injury history.

Through his tenure in Phoenix, he missed over two months because of a knee injury.

That said, he did appear to be ready to take the next step in his career trajectory after landing in Brooklyn at last year's deadline and wound up averaging a career-high 16.6 points in 25 appearances with the Nets last season.

As a result, the former Tar Heel was re-signed in July 2023 to the tune of a lofty four-year, $94.5 million contract. Since then, unfortunately, he’s continued to battle various ailments that have kept him off the floor.

He’s also averaging nearly three points less since his second-half run with the team last year.

Ollie can’t keep Johnson from picking up an injury here or there moving forward, though, on the plus side, the sharpshooting forward should be more productive than he has been this season thanks to the presumed shakeup to the on-court play calling.

Nicolas Claxton

Nicolas Claxton is set to enter the free-agent market this summer. Of course, per numerous reports, the Nets are expected to do everything they can to keep him on the roster for the long haul.

The former second-round pick has produced more similarly to a first-round talent since entering the association back in 2019. While he got off to a slow start to his career, over the last three years he’s managed to establish himself as one of the best big men in the league, specifically with his efforts on the defensive end.

Claxton had a splendid 2022-23 campaign, amassing a career-high 12.6 points and 2.5 blocks while shooting 70.5 percent from the field. However, it’s safe to say he hasn’t been the same since Jacque Vaughn took over and Kevin Durant packed his bags for Phoenix.

His field goal percentage is down dramatically (62.5) this season and his points total has also declined slightly (12.2). It’s obvious Claxton hasn't been utilized to his fullest potential, so Ollie could prioritize getting him more involved on both ends of the floor.