Brooklyn Nets Last Season Performance
The Nets’ 2021-22 season was dramatic. Injuries, questionable trades, and critical absences plagued the team, which affected their standings.
The Nets had the resources to have a great season and take home the NBA title. First, they counted on the megastar trio of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden. However, they didn’t play a single game together in the regular season – The last time the former Nets Big 3 played on the same floor was in 2021-. The reasons? All chaotic.
KD was absent for over one month and a half to recover from injuries; Kyrie Irving missed several home games due to his unvaccinated status. By the time both were absent, the Nets went on an eleven-game losing streak.
Moreover, the Nets traded James Harden to Philadelphia at the tradeline. In exchange, they acquired Ben Simmons, who couldn’t play for the rest of the season, Seth Curry, and Andre Drummond.
The Nets dismantled the superstar trio, and the consequences showed. Brooklyn got to the Play-in Tournament to face the Boston Celtics. The C’s defeated the Nets by completing a four-game sweep with a final victory of 116-112.
The 2021-22 campaign ended up in an excessively disappointing fashion. Brooklyn finished 7th in the Eastern Conference with a 44-38 record.
Brooklyn Nets Off-Season Changes
The drama follows the Nets even in the offseason. Some roster moves are questionable, and there is a sense of uncertainty about the upcoming season.
After weeks of negotiations and rumors, the Nets announced that Kevin Durant agreed to continue forward with their partnerships. With KD on the Nets’ lineup, they still have a chance to become title contenders and bring their first championship home.
The Nets’ new superstar trio of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Ben Simmons will bring some hope to the roster. Irving’s availability shouldn’t be an issue anymore, and Simmons must return to the court after a season off due to back injuries and mental health issues.
In addition, Brooklyn expects their 3-pointer all-time leader Joe Harris back after being out for injuries. Also, they resigned Patty Mills, Nicolas Claxton, and Kessler Edwards.
Brooklyn Nets Key Additions
Brooklyn Nets haven’t acquired any explosive additions to their roster. However, out of the five new acquisitions, the most noteworthy new player is T.J. Warren.
Warren missed the entire previous season with the Pacers due to injuries, but when healthy, T.J has proven to be a sharp scorer and versatile player with a remarkable offensive skill set. Also, he had a fantastic playoff performance and averaged 20.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in the Pacers’ first round.
In addition, they got forward Royce O’Neale from the Utah Jazz in exchange for a 2023 first-round draft pick. Also, they signed free agents guard Edmond Summer, Yuta Watanabe, and rookie Alondes Williams.
Brooklyn Nets Key Substractions
Bruce Brown signed a one-year contract with the Nuggets leaving the Nets after two seasons. Basketball experts and fans have rated this subtraction as the worst move of the NBA 2022 off-season.
Brown had a solid season with the Nets; some refer to Brown as a “position-less” player. Due to his versatility, he can succeed in any role given. In addition, he has deep defensive value and outstanding playmaking skills.
He would have been a superb fit for the Nets this year and great synergy with the new Big 3.
Brooklyn Nets Head Coach Analysis
Steve Nash had a successful 18-season career as a point guard in the NBA. The Association has regarded Nash as one of the top three-point shooters and assists leader in the league’s history. In addition, he is a two-time MVP and Hall of Famer.
In 2020, Brooklyn announced Steve Nash as their new head coach. He had no previous coaching experience, so his coaching style has always been a topic of discussion.
The past two years have been a real struggle for the Nets, so to blame Nash for their performance is unfair. He has dealt with sudden roster changes, absences, COVID-19-related issues, and injuries. Nash is yet to have the chance to coach a stable roster.
Nash’s coaching philosophy consists of facilitating the team to reach their potential in a collective process. He promotes good relationships among their players and a fun but challenging environment. Superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have spoken positively about Nash’s contribution to the Nets.
Last season, Steve Nash finished sixth in the COTY award voting. Hopefully, this season he will have the chance to show the results the Nets have the potential to achieve.
Brooklyn Nets Betting Prediction for the 2022-23 Season
Since the Nets announced Kevin Durant agreed to continue their partnership, the betting lines received a gigantic boost from +1500 to +650 to win the NBA Championship. Also, the odds of winning the Eastern Conference improved to +325.
The Nets officially regained contender status with the offseason moves. They put together a solid new Nets Big 3 with Durant, Irving, and Simmons. While the squad looks solid on paper, they have consistency issues to overcome.
If Brooklyn can move away from the drama and their superstars are healthy and available, they have good chances to stand still at the conference playoffs. The panorama is overall positive for betting on the Nets as long as they overcome last season’s challenges. They should be at the top of the Eastern Conference IF they learn from past mistakes.