When the Brooklyn Nets became isolation-happy last season, they became their own worst enemy for prolonged stretches.
The ball wouldn’t move, and Joe Johnson and Deron Williams found themselves shooting long, contested jumpers late in the shot clock.
Now the Nets have added another fantastic perimeter scorer in Paul Pierce, but new coach Jason Kidd has already made it clear that, in his system, iso basketball will be a thing of the past.
“You look at the league as a whole – we’ll use the two teams, [in the Finals] Miami [Heat] and San Antonio [Spurs] – they are teams that kind of stayed away from iso and moved the ball around and there was multiple touches,” said Kidd. “That’s what we are trying to get to, being able to move the ball.
“Sacrifice is something you’ll [also] hear me say a lot, is making a play for a teammate.”
Kidd may have zero coaching experience, but statements like these are why the Nets felt he was ready for the job, nonetheless. It would be very easy for him to say that he has a deep group of veteran players who understand what it takes to score consistently.
That philosophy is one Kidd would like to shy away from, however. He wants to be hands-on and to preach a championship-worthy style of offense from the get-go. He’s well aware that isolation stretches cost the Nets a number of games last season.
“Don’t be afraid to let go of the ball because a lot of times, when you do let go of the ball, the ball will find you,” continued Kidd. “And so, that’s something that we are going to get away from because against the great defenses in this league, you won’t be able to win a seven-game series.”
With the ridiculous depth the Nets have, if they can move the ball as selflessly as Kidd hopes, they will most definitely be the most dangerous offensive team in the NBA.