Brooklyn Nets Offseason: With camp roster nearly set, a lot of questions about Nets strengths, weaknesses

It’s nonetheless too early for a season preview, however Alex Schiffer provides one on coaching camp now simply days away. In it, The Athletic author provides a have a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the present camp roster: the energy on the wings, the uncertainty on the level and the paucity of our bodies on the 5 which he notes will power Steve Nash and body of workers to get ingenious.

There might be some overdue provides — a couple coaching camp invitations are nonetheless in the market — and also you by no means know what an competitive Sean Marks will do at the business entrance however barring a main transfer, the camp roster appears to be like set. After a lengthy and attempting summer season, the 2022-23 Brooklyn Nets are after all gearing up and getting able.

No wonder, however Schiffer sees the Nets wings because the workforce’s energy, beginning with Kevin Durant and together with 3 of the sport’s maximum deadly shooters in Joe Harris, Seth Curry and Patty Mills, all with 40+ profession capturing percentages, along side a veteran presence and couple of low-risk, high-reward additions:

Now Harris returns along side Mills and Curry to shape one of the league’s maximum devastating capturing trios. And that’s a complement to Durant, Irving and Simmons. Meanwhile, O’Neale offers the Nets a 3-and-D wing they sorely overlooked remaining season whilst Warren items the danger to be Marks’ newest reinvention. Limited by means of foot accidents two of the previous 3 seasons, Warren averaged round 20 issues in keeping with sport on 40 % capturing from 3 in 2019-20. He has the possible to steer the reserves in scoring whilst offering Durant and Irving a smash.

At the purpose, like a lot of enthusiasts, Schiffer wonders who’s on the 1. Is it Ben Simmons or Kyrie Irving? And what about back-ups?

All indications are Simmons’ rehab from a microdiscectomy has long gone easily, however till he’s again at the court docket, it’s onerous to gauge how a lot of the All-NBA participant from 2020 stays. At complete energy, Nash can stagger Irving and Simmons with the reserves to stay the offense afloat and feature a number one ballhandler.

Mills and Curry are indexed right here as a result of they’re constructed like guards, even supposing they’ll most likely spend maximum of their mins enjoying off the ball at the perimeter looking 3s. But Nash had each run level now and then remaining season, given the consistent fluctuation of intensity there, to combined effects…

They may fill in if essential, however would Nash want to provide the reins to (Alondes) Williams or (Chris) Chiozza, each of whom are herbal flooring generals?

The heart place is, as each and every Nets fan is aware of, the large query with handiest two herbal facilities in Nic Claxton (age 23) and Day’ron Sharpe (20) at the roster. But, as Schiffer notes, there are some intriguing probabilities taking into consideration that there are two 6’11” avid gamers with 7-foot plus wingspans who can be used in a selection of tactics. Not to say Markieff Morris, who’s at this level, a camp invite.

Two issues will also be true; heart is the Nets’ thinnest place however may additionally emerge as one of their perfect. Nash can get ingenious right here. Does Simmons spend a while down low? Couple his passing and playmaking with the shooters at the roster, and the Nets might be deadly offensively with Simmons growing out of the put up. Durant has been efficient as a heart right through his profession and is the most productive rim protector at the present roster.

Schiffer additionally sees some intriguing doable in Claxton on offense. Nash has mentioned that Claxton’s position is as a defender, however now in his fourth yr with a new contract and it sounds as if some new seriousness, may we see extra from him?

At Georgia, Claxton was once a 6-foot-11 level guard for Tom Crean and ran a lot of units the place he were given downhill on excessive ball displays. That hasn’t been phase of his NBA profile to this point, however may that vary? Either means, he’s been one of Brooklyn’s perfect defenders on a workforce that lacks them.

Schiffer additionally muses about a giant addition:

A chance to improve the frontcourt lies in veteran loose agent Dwight Howard. Now 36, Howard sought after to be a Net nearly 10 years in the past, when he sought after out of Orlando and the franchise was once transferring to Brooklyn. He’s been serviceable as a reserve heart the previous few seasons and is aware of Nash from their time in combination as Lakers. If the Nets need extra revel in within the paint, Howard could be their most suitable choice.

By our depend and it’s our depend, that might be Dwightmare VIII.

Bottom line is that the Nets pass into camp fairly wholesome assuming Simmons is now going 5-on-5 by means of subsequent week and there’s no yet-to-be-disclosed issues. The giant problems relate to chemistry and the way KD, Kyrie and their low season sagas impact issues. It all begins Monday at 11:00 a.m. on YES Network or if you’ll be able to’t wait, there’s Ben Simmons with J.J. Reddick and Tommy Alter at the Old Man and The Three podcast Thursday.

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