3 players that could turn Nets into legitimate playoff threats

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2. Ben Simmons

Not all possible rotational additions need to come from an outsourced environment, and Ben Simmons is someone who headlines this particular verticle for the Nets.

Though his tenure in Brooklyn has been far from matching initial expectations, this team doesn't necessarily need him to become an accredited All-Star again in order for him to serve as a player who can turn their fortunes around.

As noted, one of the biggest issues this ball club has is their lack of a true floor general -- someone who can serve as the quarterback of the offense and help guide them toward more of a fluid execution.

Simmons certainly has his offensive limitations, but the one thing that can't be taken away from him is his ability to run the floor as a lead ball handler.

Aside from being a true defensive stalwart, the 27-year-old has established himself as one of the best passers in the game today and boasts a career average of 7.5 assists per game.

Even during the early stages of this season, his impact as a go-to handler was on full display, as he was dishing out 10.3 assists per 100 possessions before being sidelined due to a nagging back ailment.

Presumed to be on the verge of making his return after missing the last 33 games and counting, adding a healthy Simmons' stability as a set-up artist, impressive rebounding skills, and astounding defensive chops could easily prove to be a game changer for Brooklyn as they look to clinch their sixth consecutive postseason berth.