The only upside about being a New York sports fan is that the Yankees made the playoffs and the Nets had a great free agency. When you look at the hype surrounding the Knicks free agency, you think the Knicks could have made a dynasty with everyone they were rumored to get, but the Nets were just staying quiet, and although they were talking to Kyrie Irving they still made their movements quietly. Let’s take a look at how the Brooklyn Nets can have a successful 2019-2020 season.
The Brooklyn Nets finished with a 42-40 record good for the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference. The Nets surprised everyone last year with the level of play. They were led by former Laker guard D’Angelo Russell. Russell was the leading scorer for the Nets scoring 21.1 points per game. Combine that with the rise of Jarett Allen as reliable defense option down low, Spencer Dinwiddie as a solid scoring option and the Nets would make the playoffs. Russell was a contender for Most Improved Player after putting up all-star numbers. The Nets would get bounced in the first round of the playoffs by the 76ers.
The Nets would go into the offseason after they lost in five games. The Nets had the 31st pick in the NBA draft and took Nicholas Claxton, center out of Georgia. The Nets also took Jaylen Hands, guard out of UCLA. The Nets would go out and sign three all-stars in Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and DeAndre Jordan. The Nets decided to move on from Russell and packaged him in a sign and trade that also involved Minnesota Timberwolves. The Nets also went out and got Willison Chandler, Taurean Prince, and Garrett Temple. The Nets lost Shabazz Napier and Trevor Graham in the Russell deal. They also lost Rondae Hollis- Jefferson, Allen Crabbe, Jared Dudley, and Demare Caroll.
The Brooklyn Nets will make the playoffs next year and could potentially be better than the 6th seed. They have the potential to be a dominant team in the east. That may happen later rather than sooner as they will be without Kevin Durant. Durant went down with an Achilles injury in game 5 of the NBA finals. The injury is supposed to keep Durant out for 2019-2020 season, but recent reports are saying that Durant is doing so well in his rehabilitation that he could possibly return next season. That would be great for Nets fans, but it would be smart to let Durant fully heal because when healthy Durant can take over a game. Until Durant returns, you will obviously make Irving your number option. Put him in a backcourt with Joe Harris because of his shooting excellence. Put Taurean Prince in there for Defense and Caris Lavert in there to score plus you already have Jarett Allen at the center, and he has already shown he can be an impact on the defense or you can DeAndre Jordan there. Kenny Attikson running play style will help Kyrie out, especially in the open floor. Spencer Dinwiddie will help with load management, especially when Kyrie is out for games. The biggest test will be seeing how Kyrie can be a leader, especially with Durant out.