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Predicting the Brooklyn Nets’ Starting Five for Next Season

Brooklyn Nets: Predicting the Starting Five for Next Season

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With the 2014 season now over for the Brooklyn Nets, the brain trust will turn its sights to the offseason and see what improvements, if any, can be made to the team. The Nets have many key offseason questions to be answered with the future of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Shaun Livingston, Andray Blatche, Alan Anderson and Andrei Kirilenko very much in question. Here's an early projection of what the 2014-15 starting five could look like.

PG- Deron Williams

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PG- Deron Williams

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While it may be mutually beneficial to both parties for the Nets to part ways with the underachieving Williams, news that Williams will undergo offseason surgery on both of his ankles will likely have a dire impact on his trade market. Couple those surgeries with Williams' max contract and, as much as the Nets might want to go in a different direction, Williams will likely be the starting PG when next season opens.

SG- Joe Johnson

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SG- Joe Johnson

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Joe Johnson carried the team on his back during the playoffs and will be back next season to try to reprise his role as the go-to scorer for Brooklyn. While Johnson played more of a small forward role this past season, with the Nets starting two point guards in Williams and Livingston, he could slide back to his more traditional two-guard spot depending on whether Livingston goes elsewhere. Either way, he'll definitely be a starter next year.

SF- Andrei Kirilenko

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SF- Andrei Kirilenko

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This one's a bit trickier. Kirilenko has a player option for next season, but it's only for million and he was roundly criticized for taking what many believed to be below market value to sign with Brooklyn in the first place. Kirilenko was injured for a good chunk of the year, which could help the Nets' chances in bringing him back, but he was very effective when on the floor and would allow the Nets to continue their small-ball philosophy.

PF- Paul Pierce

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PF- Paul Pierce

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Paul Pierce is a free agent this offseason, and rumors are already abounding as to what his next destination will be. Will he return to Boston to finish his career with the Celtics or will he go home to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers or Clippers? Pierce isn't likely to sign with the Clippers given the Donald Sterling fiasco and, if he wants another shot at a title, he'll answer Brooklyn's overtures rather than joining the Celtics or Lakers.

C- Brook Lopez

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C- Brook Lopez

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Brook Lopez will return from a broken foot that cost him most of the 2013-14 season and will presumably be slotted into his customary starting center role. Of course, whether or not Kevin Garnett retires will play a big role in Lopez's role, but even if KG returns, he could be in for a limited role next season. Lopez's effectiveness off yet another foot injury remains to be seen, but if he's with the team, he'll definitely start.