Brooklyn Nets: 5 Most Important Players This Season
The Brooklyn Nets signed Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from Boston earlier this summer to strengthen the squad, add a new sense of leadership and to win as many games as possible.
Pierce is 35 whereas Garnett is 37. Both players are definitely up there in age, but still have quite a bit left in the tank. These two guys will absolutely look to be the missing pieces of this Brooklyn puzzle that has to be put together to perfection.
Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez led the team to the first round of the NBA playoffs but lost in seven games to the Chicago Bulls. The three players are talented in their own ways, but coming together as a team when it really counted was unfortunately out of the question — they decided to throw in the towel early in the first half in the final game of their short lived post season.
Now, with former player Jason Kidd taking the reigns at the helm to coach this team, they have a new leader that actually has played the game for a very long time ... and as a floor general, he brought success and plenty of it.
Kidd will be the coach while Pierce and Garnett will automatically become the new leading veterans of the ball club. All three men have it all to do but with their vast knowledge and success in the game, they can take this team to a new height — somewhere they have never been before ... winning the NBA title for the first time in their history.
5. Deron Williams
As the team point guard, he has the weight of the world on his shoulders as he is responsible for making the right decisions at all times. He has to make sure the four other guys on the hardwood are in the right spots at the right times. He needs to know when to take a shot and when to pass the ball.
Up till now, this was never an easy job. In fact, it still isn't. However, with Jason Kidd being a former PG and the new coach, Williams can learn a lot to improve his game.
4. Joe Johnson
A former Atlanta Hawk, Johnson will be entering his second year in Brooklyn and will be expected to do the same thing: score game winning shots, handle the ball at times, dish out a few assists here and there and sometimes will have to take over at the one or even the three to fill in for his teammates.
3. Paul Pierce
He played out his entire career up until this point in Beantown. Playing for his second NBA team at the age of 35 has to bring nerves, heartbreak and a new sense of excitement to the table.
He is one of the best in his position at small forward and like the rest of his starting teammates, he can hit the game-winning shot. His presence on the floor will be desperately needed throughout the season. As long as he stays healthy, there should not be too many problems.
2. Kevin Garnett
First, it was Minnesota. Then, it was Boston ... now he is playing for what is projected to be his third and final team in his illustrious career: Brooklyn Nets.
He is a power forward who knows how to lead the troops while he is on the floor. He is a rebounding machine and can easily hit that 18-foot jumper to cause plenty of problems for opponents around the league.
One of the reasons why he was recruited was simply to rebound. Brook Lopez can score points all game ... but for a seven-footer, he simply cannot rebound as much as he needs to. Garnett will not only grab boards all night, but he will teach the young center how to do the same.
1. Brook Lopez
As the Nets starting center, he has to clean up the mess on the offensive as well as defensive glass ... but rebounding is not anywhere near one of his strengths. The good part of his game is that he can score nearly 20 points a night.
Now that Garnett is in town, Lopez can focus more on scoring, which is already a more than decent part of his game. He can score, sometimes dish the ball out and can now learn how to be a better defender with the guidance of KG.
He will have to become a better center as his position is also key to this team's success.