A nice start to the preseason... excellent pace, good ball movement/motion, improved 3pt shooting, more commitment to defense, and a deeper bench already stand out when watching the first 2 games. Other highlights----
- Allen looks the part... he is long, understands the game and spacing, and will immediately be a solid rim protector. He may press for minutes early
- DaMare Carrol looks healthy... that is great for the development of younger players and improving on the defensive side of the ball... and spacing
- RHJ showing more diversity on offense
- Booker/Acy combo should provide nice bench toughness/depth up front
- DLo and Lin will have early struggles playing together, but each provides the creativity on the pick and roll to get the offense moving. DLo, under Atkinson and in this system should be able to put up numbers more efficiently.
- we haven't even seen Levert and Crabbe play yet, who will be two key components for the present and future likely logging 25+ mins a night.
My expectation is that the Nets finish out of bottom 6-7 teams given that they show up each night to compete, and have no reason to tank. If they get off to a decent start they could push above 30 wins.
Thoughts from my 5 other nets fans on here?
kind of like the D'Antoni Knicks pre-Melo trade. I actually don't think 40 wins is unrealistic at all, but maybe that's just optimism based on how much more talented this team is compared to last year. I mean Randy Foye and started over 50 games last year. Whitehead was their primary ball handler most of the first half without any true backup PG and he probably won't even crack the rotation this year barring injury.
Russell looks smooth and very capable of filling Lopez' scoring production. How efficiently remains to be seen, but he and Lin look good together and will help immensely at the end of games.
Carroll, RHJ, Booker and Acy look very well suited to the roles their in. Dinwiddie too.
Mozgov looks active and adding a 3 could be interesting. I don't expect Allen to get a ton of minutes right away but in his flashes he's looked better than I expected.
Levert and Crabbe are 2 wildcards, and not just because they're banged up. Remains to be seen if either can step up to being a real impact player and not just a nice bench piece. Kilpatrick, Harris and Whitehead seem more destined to be bench guys but they are very good insurance options.
I watch every year good or bad, but since Atkinson/Marks, it's been much more exciting to watch. I'm definitely expecting a playoff seed this season.
In a way, kinda like the Yankees' season. Young team, with low expectations. My only worry is that LeVert's minutes may suffer a bit due to the logjam of similar players. He's the one that could blossom into something special. Nice foundational players finally.
of the early 2000's.
It's still early, but I think the Nets really knocked it out of the park with the Atkinson/Marks hires. They are tackling this thing the right way. This is the perfect time to be a rebuilding team in the NBA. It's really nice to see a team that actually enjoys playing together on a nightly basis.
I think 35 wins is a reasonable target for this season. If Lin is healthy all of last year, the Nets were likely close to a 30 win team. The depth and veteran upgrades this offseason should push them out of the bottom 5 in terms of record.
I'm hopeful that the team has secured 3/5 of their future starting core in Russell, LeVert, and Allen.
Mozgov, Booker, Carroll, and Lin are the perfect veterans to mesh with and mentor the young talent. They all seem on board with the vision.
I'm curious about what type of return we may be able to get on a Lin/Hollis-Jefferson package at the deadline.
Weird but I already have full confidence in the Marks/Atkinson combo. An eye for talent, some nothing to lose moves and player development is nice to see after the last few years. Like the idea of having Lin or Russell at the point throughout the game. I’m a big fan of Whitehead from his days at the Hall but I think he’s going to be hard-pressed to get some minutes. Still little faith in RHJ and if they can get a return on him at the deadline, I’d do it.
That said, they’re still a few years away from being even somewhat relevant but battling for an 8 seed would be a nice step this season.
Still very young and showing more development
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yea he's looked better than expected. I still don't think there's enough offense to be much more than defensive specialist off the bench, but if his length looks like it can play at the 4 so maybe that can make him more of a matchup problem for other teams.