Predicting the Brooklyn Nets’ Starting Lineup

Predicting the Brooklyn Nets' Starting Lineup

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Going into last season, the Brooklyn Nets had arguably the most complete starting lineup in the NBA. However, things did not turn out that way, and now there are a few question marks regarding the starting five. With new head coach Lionel Hollins, these are the five players who should start for the Nets in the 2014-15 season.

Point Guard: Deron Williams

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Point Guard: Deron Williams

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This is a lock. Deron Williams had a poor season last year in terms of his expectations as one of the league's best point guards. Yet Williams is still the leader of the Nets and realistically they will go as far as he takes them. Williams is the franchise player and needs to have a bounce-back season, but there is no question he will be in the starting lineup.

Shooting Guard: Joe Johnson

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Shooting Guard: Joe Johnson

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Joe Johnson had to play bigger last year at small forward, but this season he should slide back into his natural shooting guard position. There is a possibility Jarrett Jack could play alongside Williams, thus moving Johnson down to the three, but a backcourt of Williams and Johnson makes the most sense for the Nets. Johnson is still a big-time scorer with his efficiency and consistency, and he will be in the starting five one way or another.

Small Forward: MIrza Teletovic

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Small Forward: MIrza Teletovic

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The time is now for Mirza Teletovic. There is an opening in the lineup due to Paul Pierce signing with the Washington Wizards. Teletovic started to gain substantial recognition for his talents in the second half of last season and especially in the playoffs. He can stretch the floor on offense as one of the best shooters in the league. He also hustles and plays well overall on both sides of the floor. Mirza is set up for a breakout season.

Power Forward: Kevin Garnett

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Power Forward: Kevin Garnett

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At this point in their careers, Mason Plumlee may be a better player than Kevin Garnett. However, with Hollins' slow-tempo philosophy, Garnett is a better fit playing with Lopez down low. This is not a move based on Garnett's credentials and respect he has garnered entering his final season. Plumlee will be a great player, but he should continue coming off the bench and learning behind one of the greatest ever.

Center: Brook Lopez

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Center: Brook Lopez

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Brook Lopez, like Williams and Johnson, is guaranteed to be a starter for Brooklyn. Although he has missed significant time two of the past three years via foot injuries, Lopez will still be just as effective if he can remain healthy. Hollins will utilize Lopez with extreme confidence, feeding him the ball often to carry the offense. Lopez has the ability to take over games for stretches and his health is vital for Brooklyn's chances in the East.

Jordan Berkowitz is a Brooklyn Nets and NBA writer for RantSports.com

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