The Brooklyn Nets made some of the biggest splashes over the offseason by signing the pair of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. These two joined a young core in Brooklyn to make the newest super team. This season has been of anticipation, as fans wait for Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to take the floor together as a healthy duo. When the NBA returns to the bubble, we will be seeing a very limited Nets team that is without arguably three of their best players. Spencer Dinwiddie, Irving, and Durant have all chosen to sit out the NBA return for health or personal issues and have left the Nets without a true direction.
The Brooklyn Nets that are heading to Orlando are headlined by Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert. LeVert and Allen will both earn precious playoff experience while in the bubble, but headlining this teams offensive attack will not be their long term role. Allen states that, “There is some pressure. I don’t want to say I’m the last big standing, as bad as that sounds. There’s some pressure for me to be able to stay healthy and help the team succeed.” Allen and LeVert will try to take this team farther than the first round, but no one expects them to make it past the Bucks or Raptors. Without stars like Durant and Irving, the Nets will be looking everywhere for scoring and leadership as the team tries to stay competitive in Orlando.
The Brooklyn Nets are set to be a championship contender next year with a healthy duo of Durant and Irving. Not only do the Nets have one of the best duos in the NBA, but they also have a solid group of role players. Young players like LeVert and Allen, who are still building toward their potential, add splashes of youth to a relatively older Nets team. To pair with their superstar duo, the Nets have spot up snipers such as Joe Harris, who can take advantage of the consistent double teams placed on Durant. With the superstars Irving and Durant coming back next season, many people can expect the Nets to be contending for a championship next year.
With the NBA restart coming up many notable stars are resting, and we can see some teams that might have been in the playoff race pushed down to the bottom of the pack. The Brooklyn Nets might be destined for a first round exit this season, but next year we should be watching out for a healthy and rested Nets team.
- EliteSportsNY/Matt Brooks