Brooklyn Nets NBA Team Preview and Betting Picks
Barclays Center – Brooklyn, New York
Kenny Atkinson – Head Coach
2017 Record: 28-54
The Brooklyn Nets fanbase is tired of losing! They want wins and they want them now!
There is no time to sit around and wait for several years, with the hope of a successful team at the end of the waiting period.
This is New York and in such a big market, the organization must do something to improve their winning ways or changes could be on the horizon for the coaching staff in Brooklyn.
Last year, the Nets finished in 12th place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. They finished in last place in the Atlantic Division with a 28-54 record.
One issue that the Nets have run into year after year is a lack of defense. This team seems to go backwards on defense each year but that could be changing as we witnessed the Nets make an excellent decision in drafting a Center in Jarrett Allen, who turned out to be one of the top surprises in the league last year.
Brooklyn Nets Coaching
Kenny Atkinson is the Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Atkinson took over the Nets in 2016 after spending several years split between the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks as an Assistant.
Atkinson was named the Head Coach of the Nets on April 17, 2016, making this his first Head Coaching position. Atkinson has not had the best of luck with the Nets that he would have liked to in his first two years. In his first year, he posted a 20-62 record and last year he went 28-54.
Atkinson has finished in 5th place in the Atlantic Division and has missed the playoffs both years. This could be a do-or-die year for Atkinson as the large market in New York won’t put up with continued losing seasons.
Brooklyn Nets Offseason Transactions
- June 21, 2018 – The Brooklyn Nets used their first-round NBA Draft selection to pick Shooting Forward Dzanan Musa.
- June 22, 2018 – With the 2nd round NBA Draft pick, the Nets selected Shooting Forward Rodions Kurucs.
- July 5, 2018 – The Nets lost Nik Stauskas to free agency. Stauskas signed with the Portland Trail Blazers.
- July 13, 2018 – The Nets acquired the rights to Isaia Cordinier in a trade that sent Jeremy Lin to the Atlanta Hawks.
- July 13, 2018 – The Nets sent Isaiah Whitehead to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur, as well as a 2019 1st Round Draft Pick and a 2020 2nd Round Draft Pick.
- July 17, 2018 – The Nets signed Shabazz Napier through free agency. Napier was formerly with the Portland Trail Blazers.
- July 20, 2018 – The Nets sent Darrell Arthur to the Phoenix Suns in a trade for Jared Dudley.
- July 20, 2018 – The Nets lost Dante Cunningham in free agency to the San Antonio Spurs.
- July 23, 2018 – The Nets signed Ed Davis in free agency. Davis was formerly with the Portland Trail Blazers.
- July 30, 2018 – The Nets signed Treveon Graham in free agency. Graham was formerly with the Charlotte Hornets.
- August 6, 2018 – The Nets signed Theo Pinson as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina Tar Heels.
- August 9, 2018 – The Nets parted ways with free agent Jahlil Okafor, who signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.
- August 20, 2018 – The Nets signed Mitch Creek as an undrafted free agent out of South Oliver Wurzburg.
- August 20, 2018 – The Nets signed Jordan McLaughlin as an undrafted free agent out of the USC Trojans.
- September 19, 2018 – The Nets signed former Phoenix Sun free agent Alan Williams.
- September 25, 2018 – The Nets signed Nuni Omot as an undrafted free agent out of Baylor Bears.
Brooklyn Nets Starting 5
D’Angelo Russell (PG) – If D’Angelo Russell is going to live up to the expectations of being an elite player in the NBA, now is the time to stand up and make your statement. Russell will be coming up on his 4th season in the NBA and it is now time to step up to the plate and be the leader of the team.
The main problem that Russell has encountered in what seems like his entire career is injuries. Russell missed most of last year with a knee injury and he is hoping that this is behind him so he can get on with his NBA career. This is a contract year for Russell and he is not competing with anyone for playing time. The limelight is his to steal and run with but the fact remains, he must remain healthy.
Allen Crabbe (SG) – Allen Crabbe will run the 2 and the Nets fans are hoping and expecting a much better performance this year compared to his lackluster performance last year. There is no doubt that the success of the team will rely heavily on how Russell performs but Crabbe must also step up in a much larger capacity this year for the Nets to start winning games.
DeMarre Carroll (SF) – Carroll was the leader last year with the Nets and will again be the guy the younger players look up to on the team. Carroll has been around the league and is considered one of the most consistent big guys in the league. Last year, his statistics weren’t anything that will set the world on fire hitting 13 points and 6.5 rebounds per game but he has the ability to play the 4, or the 5 when they play small ball. The most important factor here is Carroll now returns to Small Forward, where he is comfortable and can focus on his defense and stopping opposing players on the perimeter.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (PF) – Permitting he stays healthy, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson appears to be the starter at the Power Forward position. Last year, he was plagued with various injuries including groin and most recently adductor strains. He was one of the more consistent options at the 4 last year, averaging 14 points and 7 rebounds per game.
Jarrett Allen (C) – The Nets were not expecting to have a Allen as a everyday player last year when they drafted Jarrett Allen and to be completely honest, I don’t think anyone in the organization realistically felt that he would come in and make an instant impact. Many felt he would spend the entire year learning and growing into a NBA player at the G-League but what the Nets got was a 20 year old player that was ready for the bigtime.
Potentially one of the biggest steals in the NBA Draft 2 years ago with the 22nd pick, Allen will be expected to play more of a permanent role from the beginning of the year. Allen has the potential to turn into a superstar if he can simply put together some full stat lines on offense and defense, which with a 7’06 wingspan, shouldn’t be much of a problem!
Brooklyn Nets Bench
Spencer Dinwiddie (PG) – Dinwiddie will be coming off the bench again this year to give a jolt to the Nets starting lineup. Dinwiddie was second in voting last year as the Most Improved Player in the NBA and should continue to grow in the Nets system. Dinwiddie will see significant minutes even off the bench this year, most times playing alongside Russell in small ball set-ups.
Caris LeVert (SG) – I see LeVert taking a step backwards this year in minutes as the Nets are going to want to get Russell and Dinwiddie on the court as much as possible together, leaving limited minutes for a Shooting Guard like LeVert.
Joe Harris (SG) – The Nets will swap Harris between the Shooting Guard and Small Forward spots. Harris will be used when the Nets are looking to open up the floor off the run. He shot 42% last year from the 3-point range, which ranked him 15th among all NBA players.
Kenneth Faried (C/PF) – “Manimal” was picked up in a trade in the offseason and it will be interesting to see how the Nets utilize him. The 28-year old is an elite rebounder but his scoring has always been lacking. He can play both the 4 and 5 role so he will give some flexibility to lineups, while coming off the bench.
2018 Predictions and Betting Outlook for Brooklyn Nets
Last year, the Nets were a live and die by the three type of team. They would throw up three after three after three with the hopes of sinking a few but the reality is they just didn’t have the talent or the personnel on hand, to be successful with that style of gameplay. They found themselves playing from behind in many games and once that happened, they were forced into shooting, even more, three’s because they were trying to close the gap of the lead.
This year, they must find a way to get production across the board and not just three’s. Their success will rely on how Russell plays and if he can stay healthy. Each year, expert writers talk about how he is the “Next Big Thing” but it just never comes to fruition. This year is no different. I’ve read no less than 10 articles to write this preview and at least 8 of the 10 claim that Russell will be an elite player in the NBA.
From my perspective, seeing is believing and until he can prove that he can carry this team and lead them to quality wins, the Nets are just going to be a stepping stone in the league. I look for this team to win right around 30 games this year, which is right at the number set by MyBookie for regular season win totals (31.5).
You will want to look to play against the Nets between March 13 and March 28, when the Nets will play their longest road trip of the year. Overall, the entire month of March is going to be very tough on the Nets so mark it on your betting calendars because they will play 9 road games in the month of March, which the most road games of any other month of the season.
- Odds to Win NBA Championship: +25000
- Odds to Win Eastern Conference Championship: +8000
- Odds to Win Atlantic Division: +6000
- NBA Regular Season Wins Total: 31.5 games
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