Now that this whole KD fiasco is over (hopefully), we can have a pretty clear picture of what the Nets roster will look like next season. After looking at their current roster, I have come to the conclusion that the Nets are a top 3 team in the East, and will likely become Title Favourite if they can stay healthy. Their roster is just so so good. Let’s take a look at it so I can explain my take.
First off, we have the big 3 of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Ben Simmons. This may be a hot take, but I think this is the best version of the super team we have seen so far for the Nets. Sure, the Durant—Irving—Harden trio is better looking, but Ben Simmons fits better with Irving and Durant. He is one of the best defensive players in the NBA and will also provide great playmaking and ball handling. James Harden is a better player than Simmons, but having 3 players on your team who should be the #1 option doesn’t really provide much success, especially when the defense of that trio is lacking. Ben Simmons fits perfectly with Durant and Kyrie cause he doesn’t need to score to be successful. He can just pass the ball to Kyrie and KD every play, and then give the Nets elite defense which Harden does not give you. So In conclusion, Ben Simmons is a better fit with KD and Kyrie than Harden was and will have a significant impact on the Nets in places where they need it.
The thing that has time the most excited about the Nets is their depth. Superteams usually don’t have a ton of depth cause they can’t afford it. The Nets have somehow managed to put together a really nice rotation behind the big 3 with the money they do have to spend. Let’s start off with the two most recognizable names, Seth Curry and Joe Harris. Both are great shooters and will be elite in that area 95% of the time. Now whichever one of these guys starts depends on where Ben Simmons plays, but either way it’s going to be a positive for the Nets. Next, we have Royce O’Neale. Now Royce has had his ups and downs, but he is a solid player who has plenty of playoff experience. I think he is going to be a good piece off the bench for the Nets and will have a positive impact on the team.
Now let’s talk about TJ Warren. I am giving him his own paragraph because the Nets signing him to a minimum contract was BY FAR the biggest steal of the off-season. TJ Warren was unable to play much last season due to an injury, but he is a great player when he is healthy. At his peak, he was consistently averaging 18-19 PPG. And it’s not like this is ancient history. This was only 2-3 years ago. To get a player like this on a MINIMUM DEAL is a massive W for the Nets. I’d imagine that he will be coming off the bench as the 6th man, so he can provide a scoring punch off the bench for the Nets.
The Nets also have two other younger players that I want to talk about: Nic Claxton and Cam Thomas. Claxton was a solid player for the Nets last here. He is a monster in the paint both offensively and defensively. It is a problem that he can not shoot at all, but the Nets have plenty of great shooters that can make up for that. Cam Thomas has been dominate in summer league for two years in a row now. While he hasn’t gotten a huge opportunity in the NBA so far, I think he will have a chance to step up this year and be a solid player for the Nets off the bench.
Lastly, I want to talk about Patty Mills and Markief Morris. Both are veterans with a ton of experience. I believe both players will have a solid impact off the bench for the Nets. They may not provide a whole lot In counting stats, but heir experience and solid play that won’t show up in counting stats will be super valuable for the Nets.
So now that we have talked about what players are on the Nets, let’s talk about the rotation. Now there are a couple different directions Steve Nash could go with this team. For example, he could do something like this.
This seems like the most likely scenario right now. However, Ben Simmons still is a question mark. Steve Nash may prefer to stay Kyrie at PG, and move Ben to the wing or PF position. That would make the lineup look like this.
No matter what the rotation looks like, it is very clear that is is an excellent team. This team has a ton of scoring, a ton of 3-point shooting, a ton of Playmaking, and an above average defense. I think this team is a top 4 seed lock if they stay healthy, and probably will finish higher than that.
The key word is if they stay healthy. Kyrie and Durant have had some injury issues over the last few years. While it’s not fun to assume that they will get injured, you have to take that into account. If one of KD or Kyrie goes down, the Nets will still be good, but not that elite top 3-4 team in the Eastern Conference. So you gotta hope that this team is able to stay healthy.
If they do manage to stay healthy, I would put them into title the title contender tier, and maybe even the title favourites tier. This team is just so well constructed. They have managed to obtain 2 All-NBA caliber players, 1 fringe All-NBA caliber player, and they have been able to surround those guys with a ton of good role players. They still will have their struggles, like any team does, but this team is DEFINITELY one of the best in the NBA.
Thank you to anyone who read this whole thing! This took quite a bit of time, so I thank you for not letting that go to waste and actually reading all my ramblings!
So do you agree with me? Disagree? Comment your opinion! I would love to hear it!