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What the Brooklyn Nets Need Ahead of the 2021 NBA Season

| November 12, 2020 1:29 am PDT
Brooklyn Nets' Biggest Needs for the 2021 NBA Season

One of the most exciting NBA teams for the upcoming season is the Brooklyn Nets. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant should be back and many believe that the franchise can compete for the championship thanks to the duo.

It’s interesting to see how the superstars’ return affects the rest of the roster and let’s not forget that the Nets appointed Steve Nash as a head coach. The iconic player has no experience in the position, so there are question marks over his ability to lead an NBA contender.

In my opinion, there’s a lot of work to be done if the organization is going to be one in the 2020-21 NBA season. I share my thoughts on the Brooklyn Nets’ biggest next for the upcoming campaign and the potential solutions in front of them.

Make Sure Everyone Trusts Steve Nash

I’m not sure I like the signals coming from the Brooklyn Nets when it comes to Steve Nash and they need to work on his status in the organization.

Shortly after he was appointed as the team’s head coach, we saw some weird comments by Kyrie Irving that the franchise didn’t really have a coach.

Kevin Durant doubled down on his pal’s statement and I’m not sure that’s the attitude you want. You need your players to respect and trust your head coach to win the NBA title, even if they are superstars like Kyrie and KD.

If the doubts about those two weren’t enough, the Nets then decided to appoint Mike D’Antoni as an assistant. He used to work with Nash at the Suns when the latter was still a player and they obviously have a strong connection.

And yet, there is the sensation that D’Antoni might have arrived as the Plan B if Nash doesn’t perform well.

On top of all of that, I’m sure that at least several players in the organization won’t be happy that Kenny Atkinson was fired. He was the guy who built a winning culture at the Nets and developed players like Jarret Allen and Caris LeVert which was the reason why Kyrie and KD arrived in Brooklyn in the first place.

There are plenty of reasons to believe that the franchise might not be united behind the head coach right now and this has to change. Steve Nash must establish his authority and become the leader of this team, or the Nets might end up going backward in 2020-21.

Play Jarret Allen Over DeAndre Jordan More

In his prime, DeAndre Jordan was a powerhouse under the rim and a monster in defense. It seems like he’s lost some of his athleticism which raises some question marks over his role with the team.

The stats from 2019-20 show that he played 22 minutes per game, while Jarrett Allen was on the pitch 26 minutes per game. The team obviously tried to balance between the veteran and the rising youngster which is understandable.

Allen is somewhat raw and Jordan can still contribute on both ends of the floor. And yet, the young gun needs more responsibility to develop his potential while Jordan will continue his decline.

The better decision would be to give Allen, who’s already the better player, 30+ minutes per game, but there are some doubts if Nash would do that. Let’s not forget that Jordan came in Brooklyn alongside Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.

The two superstars might demand more minutes for the center and that could harm Jarrett Allen’s progress. The big man is in the last year of his contract and if he doesn’t play enough, he might look to sign with another team next season.

That would be a big loss for the Nets in the long run, so I believe they need to rely on Allen more over Jordan.

Find Enough Minutes for Caris LeVert

Another young player that should be concerned about his future with the Nets is Caris LeVert. The guard had an excellent season and improved immensely. He scored almost 19 points per game in less than 30 minutes on the floor, looked strong defensively, and had his best year in almost every statistical category.

LeVert’s development has been excellent and he certainly can contribute on both ends of the floor. The question is if he will get enough opportunities once Irving and Durant are back.

With the two superstars on the team, LeVert might be reduced to a guy who sits in the corner or cuts to the basket without the ball. That could destroy his career and would be a disaster both for the player and the organization.

The shooting guard can be the future of the Nets, but he’s also more than capable of helping the franchise right now. He is an excellent third option that could deliver points both with the superstars on the court and when they’re having a break.

Trade Spencer Dinwiddie and Re-sign Joe Harris

Two other players from the Kenny Atkinson era are at crossroads as well. Joe Harris is a free agent this summer and he’s surely getting paid. The question is if the Brooklyn Nets should be the team to give him a lucrative contract or letting him go is better.

A decision needs to be made about Spencer Dinwiddie too. The guard will be a free agent next year and his value might diminish in 2021 if he doesn’t get enough minutes. With Kyrie and Durant back, he will have to serve as the sixth man.

I’m not sure Dinwiddie would want that and LeVert also needs time as one of the main options on the floor, so the Nets should try to trade him and re-sign Joe Harris instead.

The sharpshooter can work in pretty much any lineup. He’s one of the best three-point shooters in the league and works hard defensively, so he’s not a liability on that end.

Dinwiddie is a great player, especially for instant offense from the bench. The problem is that he simply is not a good fit for this team and his potential might be higher than just leading the second unit. That’s why a smart move could work both for him and the Brooklyn Nets.

Final Words

I have to be honest, I don’t like Brooklyn’s chance to fight for the 20201 NBA title. We don’t know if Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant will be at their best when they return, we have no idea if there’s going to be chemistry between them, and there are so many question marks over the atmosphere within the organization.

That’s not how you challenge for the NBA Championship, so I expect an average season for the Nets. They should qualify for the playoffs and they might win a round or two, but that’s the ceiling.

Do you agree with my assessment of the Nets’ biggest needs or do you think they are legit? Let me know in the comments below.

Jerry Summer
Jerry Summer

Jerry Summer has a wide-ranging interest in gambling and the gambling industry. He's made a living out of both playing poker and betting on sports.

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