NBA 2018 Offseason Recap: Brooklyn Nets

Back again for the Offseason Breakdown blog, now onto the Brooklyn Nets. I’ll write about what the Nets did in the offseason, the teams starting 5, strengths and weaknesses, and how I think the Nets will do this season. Let’s start

Offseason Acquisition and Loses:
Nets Trade Jeremy Lin and picks to Atlanta for the rights of Isaïa Cordinier and a future 2nd round pick
Nets trade Timofey Mozgov, Hamidou Diallo, 2021 2nd round pick to Charlotte for Dwight Howard

The Nets are at a point of their rebuild where they are still bad, but they will get rid of all their bad contracts in order to sign big free agents in the future. Lin and Mozgov were making a combined $28 million dollars next season so they wanted them off the books. And of course the Nets got Dwight Howard just to release him because no one wants him on their team. 
Nets trade Isiah Whitehead to Denver for Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur, a protected 2019 1st round pick, and a 2020 2nd round pick

This was a good trade for Brooklyn as they get a nice player in Faried, who does have a big contract but his contract ends this season, and a pick they hopefully can keep. Darrell Arthur has a bad contract so the Nets just traded him to Phoenix for Jared Dudley.

Starting 5:
PG: D’Angelo Russell
SG: Spencer Dinwiddie
SF: DeMarre Carroll
PF: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
C: Jarret Allen

The Nets have some solid players on their team and it all starts with D’Angelo Russell. Russell was only able to play 48 games last season due to an injury early in the season. But in the 48 games Russell played good as he averaged 15.5 PPG, a career high in assist with 5.2 per game and also shot 41% from the field. But the person who stood out the most in my opinion was Spencer Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie had his best season of his career where he had season highs in points, 12.6 PPG, and assist, 6.6 APG. Dinwiddie will be a big reason why the Nets will get out of this rebuild.

The Nets may have good guards on the team, but other than that the Nets really aren’t a good team. The Nets don’t have a single player on their roster that scored more than 16 PPG last season. The only person that did last year was Jeremy Lin, but hes gone now. If you didn’t know, scoring is a big part in the NBA. If you can’t do that its going to be hard to win games.

Offseason Grade: C+

Prediction: The Nets are still a bad team and wont do anything this season. I have the Nets finishing 12th in the Eastern Conference this season,  but hey at least they have a draft pick for next season (unless the Nuggets get picks 1-12 than the Nuggets keep it till next year)

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