Paul Pierce may be a first ballot Hall of Famer, but with the Brooklyn Nets’ starting lineup having so many mouths to feed, it’s best that head coach Jason Kidd continue to use him in this new bench role.
But the reason for making that move isn’t only derived from the fact that Pierce is forced to play alongside the talent that is Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and his former Boston teammate Kevin Garnett when he is inserted into the starting lineup, which inevitably limits his shot opportunities.
Instead, it also relates to what the Nets have coming off their bench. While the main reserve contributors, which include Andray Blatche, Shaun Livingston, Tyshawn Taylor, Alan Anderson and Mason Plumlee have provided quality play, they lack true veteran leadership. Pierce, however, would immediately inject that into the lineup.
Until Andrei Kirilenko returns to the floor, the Nets will be in desperate need of that quality.
Not to mention, making Pierce the main perimeter threat off the bench would give him more opportunities to get into the kind of groove that he is incapable of entering when playing alongside the rest of the starters.
It’s not as if Pierce would provide any sort of opposition to that permanent change in position. Given his championship pedigree and experience on other great teams earlier in his career, there’s no doubt that he would be willing to do whatever it takes to benefit the team.
Every person in the Nets’ organization knows that winning a championship this season is still the bottom line.