Brooklyn Nets Over/Under: 44.5
The new-look Brooklyn Nets are coming off of a whirlwind offseason that saw them capture two of the most coveted free-agents in the league in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. This historic summer was the franchise’s best free agency period that is sure to rival with the Clippers’ new-look duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, and only time will tell which team won the rebuild battle. And while Kevin Durant is arguably the best player in the league, Nets fans will need to get used to the idea of not seeing him in uniform until the 2020-2021 season due to an achilles injury that sidelined him in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. For the time being, Kyrie Irving will spearhead the championship effort as Durant continues to rehab, likely for the entire season, which largely contributes to the lower-than-anticipated win projection for the upcoming NBA year.
A Busy Summer
The Brooklyn front office made a lot of moves this summer, beyond the obvious signing of two of the top ten players in the league. The new-look Nets squad will now include the likes of Deandre Jordan, Taurean Prince, Wilson Chandler, and Garrett Temple. Deandre Jordan brings an All-Star caliber style of play along with a strong defensive game that has earned him two All-Defensive selections. Jordan has averaged at least 13 RPG in each of the six previous NBA seasons and currently has the NBA’s highest field goal percentage in history at 67%. While we may not be getting another dose of Lob City, Deandre Jordan is sure to bring some flash and flare to this roster.
Taurean Prince will be a valuable addition from behind the arc after shooting 38.7% over the past two seasons from three while bringing considerable size at 6’8” and 220 lbs that is sure to give defenders trouble. The Nets added another three ball shooter in Garrett Temple who shot over 39% from three-point land just two seasons ago and starting 49 games for the Grizzlies last season. In a three-point shooting league, these two value adds will show their worth early on in the season.
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