The move to Brooklyn has been long-awaited but the moment has finally arrived. After 35 NBA seasons in New Jersey, the Brooklyn Nets now have a new home. Not only a new home, but newer and much higher expectations.
Moving to New York will attract a significantly larger fan base, which Brooklyn hopes will make this a winning franchise once again. Since merging from the ABA to the NBA, the Nets have only had one period of real glory. From 2001-2006. Since then the organization has struggled severely, finishing with a record at or below the .500 mark each of the last six seasons.
During much of their success from 2001-2006, the Nets had two main ingredients to their winning recipe. An extremely smart and talented basketball player at point guard who would help guide the team to victory, along with an aggressive and exciting squad who played with high energy the entire game.
Well, the Brooklyn Nets will have exactly that this upcoming season and look to capitalize on their deep postseason runs this time around. With Deron Williams at the helm, Brooklyn looks even better on paper than any team the Nets had from 2001-2006. Alongside two very dangerous weapons in Gerald Wallace and Joe Johnson, Williams will look to push the basketball down the floor constantly and take advantage of the speed that this team possesses.
A key component to the team's success from 2001-2006 was power forward Kenyon Martin, whom they selected with the first overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft. Martin played a pivotal role in the run-and-gun offense the Nets so wonderfully mastered. Not only was Martin extremely athletic for his position, but he was also a tenacious and frightening defender during his tenure with New Jersey.
Now a free agent, the Nets could definitely use the services of Kenyon Martin and would most likely be able to sign him at a veteran's minimum contract.
There could be some serious interest from Kenyon to reunite with his old team now that the franchise has finally made the move to Brooklyn. Not only is the location appealing, but how about the roster already in place?
Beside Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez, Kenyon would complement the frontcourt very nicely. Although Martin has had continuous knee problems throughout his basketball career, he is still absolutely worth the addition.
His aggressiveness on the boards and the possessed way he has always played defense still remains. With quite a few backcourt pieces already in place, the power forward and center positions have got to be the main focus.
At only 34 years of age Kenyon Martin can still contribute to a basketball team and the Brooklyn Nets should be that team. While in New Jersey Kenyon Martin quickly became a fan favorite with his high-flying alley-oop throw-downs and his intense and dominant defense. Reuniting with the organization once again, Kenyon will already have a loyal and beloved fan base in place and the Nets will get another valuable high-energy guy that will put their franchise one step closer to an NBA championship. It's a win-win.