Grading the Brooklyn Nets' Offseason Moves
While the Brooklyn Nets may still make some small moves, the team is starting to take shape for the upcoming season. Perhaps the most important change from last season is that Brook Lopez will be healthy after suffering a season-ending injury in December. Here are grades of the moves the Nets have made during this offseason.
The Nets entered the NBA draft with no picks and ended up with three second-round selections. Markel Brown, their most intriguing pick, can possibly be a steal. At 6-foot-3, Brown is undersized for a two-guard but makes up for it with his outstanding athleticism. Brown could make a serious impact in his rookie season. Xavier Thames likely will not make the team, but Cory Jefferson will see some action with the lack of depth at power forward.
Coaching Change: A-
Coaching Change: A-
Although Brooklyn's coaching fiasco turned out ugly, the Nets actually benefited from the situation in the end. Jason Kidd could be a successful coach, but it will take time for him and will be a process. Last year, Kidd was mediocre after tremendous expectations. Lionel Hollins is a proven head coach and had a great deal of success in Memphis. Ultimately, he is a better option for Brooklyn with an owner who wants to win now.
Subtractions: Shaun Livingston, Paul Pierce, Marcus Thornton, Andray Blatche, Jason Collins
Losing Livingston could be disastrous as he was extremely important in the Nets' starting lineup during their turnaround. Pierce had a down-year but was still essential to the team and performed well in clutch situations. Thornton was replaceable, but Blatche was huge for the Nets as he provided depth down low and needed to play big minutes at times.
Additions: Jarrett Jack, Bojan Bogdanovic, Sergey Karasev
Signing Jarrett Jack was much needed following Livingston's departure. He can replace him in the backcourt and play off the ball alongside Deron Williams. In addition, Brooklyn finally brought over Bojan Bogdanovic after last year's letdown. Bogdanovic has potential to be a solid bench player this season and eventually develop into something greater a few years down the road.
Overall, Brooklyn did not make major team-changing moves like the last two summers. The Nets re-signed Alan Anderson and Andrei Kirilenko also decided to come back, both key bench players in the Nets' rotation. Brooklyn will be returning to a core of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez, which could be very effective in an Eastern Conference that is weak towards the top.
Jordan Berkowitz is a Brooklyn Nets and NBA writer for RantSports.com